The ruling on the seven billion dollar pipeline is expected after the markets close, and Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford has already hinted the Tories will approve it, despite strong opposition from a number of minority groups, including First Nations
Art Sterrit is an outspoken critic with the Coastal First Nations, and he’s calling on the province to deny the necessary permits, and halt the project, if it receives federal approval.
“This project is just poison,” says Sterrit. “This is a classic example of what not to do if you want to build a relationship with First Nation.”
B.C. Premier, Christy Clark says her government is standing by its 5 approval conditions.
“Any proposal to expand heavy oil through British Columbia needs to meet the five conditions, explains Premier Clark. “Enbridge hasn’t met them yet and they need to before they would be approved by our province.”
Meantime the Dogwood Initiative has launched the letbcvote.ca campaign, demanding a province wide citizen’s initiative similar to the successful Fight-HST campaign.
The Premier doesn’t seem prepared to offer any opposition to it.
“I think if there’s a referendum, it’s up to them to decide, up to the public to decide,” says Premier Clark. “I let that unfold as it may.”
A federal joint review panel released a report in December recommending approval of the pipeline, with the proposed route running south of the Peace Region communities of Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.