Don’s statement on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Decision

During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau told British Columbians that the review for the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal needed to be wholly re-done and that “governments offer permits, but only communities can grant permission”.

Mr. Trudeau’s decision to approve this pipeline failed on both counts.

The Liberal government broke its promise to conduct a new, proper environmental assessment and instead used Stephen Harper’s model for assessing the environment and impacts of major oil projects. The communities most directly affected by the decision, including the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and many First Nations, did not grant permission.

This pipeline was opposed by 22 municipalities, 210,000 petition signatories and 90% of speakers at the NEB hearings, not to mention 59 First Nations including the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, located across the Inlet from the Burnaby terminus of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.  The flawed NEB process excluded many affected stakeholders and failed to properly evaluate the climate change impacts of this project.

The Trudeau Liberals promised to be different than the Harper Conservatives. Yet both accepted a flawed approval process with no social license.  They both ignored the interests of British Columbians.

This is not the climate leadership and First Nations reconciliation that the Liberals promised us.

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