Prime Minister Trudeau has betrayed the trust of British Columbians. The approval of this project is completely contradictory to this government’s rhetoric at the Paris climate talks, as well as their commitments to finally embrace a new era of reconciliation.
This government was elected with guarantees that change would finally happen — instead we see yet another federal government steamrolling their pipeline agenda over First Nations and over B.C. communities.
I was an intervenor in the National Energy Board review. I have read through Kinder Morgan’s application, reviewed thousands of pages of documentation and asked Trans Mountain more than 600 questions about their spill response capacity.
As a scientist, I can say unequivocally that we remain completely and utterly unprepared for a major oil spill.
Instating a ban for part of the coast while increasing heavy oil tanker traffic by 580 percent in another is completely outrageous. It ignores basic ocean science. We need to protect the entire coast. The potential effects of a diluted bitumen spill in our waters would be catastrophic.
It’s now up to the provincial government to finally tell British Columbians where it stands. Premier Clark has been hedging her bets for years, appearing ready to approve a pipeline as soon as it is politically expedient.
The B.C. Green Party is the only party that has offered a consistent, principled position, based on evidence: heavy oil tankers have no place on our coast.
It is becoming abundantly clear that the ways in which projects are receiving approval no longer meets the expectations of Canadians or First Nation communities. The next government elected in B.C. will have to confront this reality.
Leader, BC Green Party