A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted March 23rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Along with Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada’s Green Party, Kennedy Stewart, an NDP MP for the Riding of Burnaby South in British Columbia, was arrested by police this March 23rd during a protest against the construction of a pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to ports on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in B.C.
Today I was arrested by the RCMP for defying a court injunction as it applies to Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Mountain facilities. I did so while standing with my community, Indigenous Leaders, and those from across British Columbia who oppose this new pipeline. Please read my full statement below. Together, we can stop Kinder Morgan,” said Kenney in a statement following his arrest.
“Canadians have the constitutional right to peaceful protest especially when governments abuse power,” continued Kennedy in the statement he posted on FACEBOOK.. “During the last election, Justin Trudeau said that ‘while governments grant permits… only communities can grant permission.’ I am here today to help amplify the voices of my constituents who do not grant permission for this pipeline.”
“The process by which the Trudeau government approved Kinder Morgan’s plans to build a dangerous new pipeline through our community without our consent was deeply flawed and unfair,” the MP said.. “The Prime Minister broke his promise to revise the National Energy Board pipeline review process and require Kinder Morgan to resubmit its plans under this new process. His government has also threatened to use military force to facilitate construction.”
“First Nations’ and municipal governments as well as the Province deeply oppose this pipeline as British Columbians take most of the risk for little benefit. I feel it is my responsibility to do whatever I can to advocate for my community as its elected Member of Parliament, including exercising my constitutional rights.”
A Brief Footnote to this from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – Is there anyone out there who can remember the last time – or can remember any time at all – that an owner or operated of an oil or petro-chemical company that polluted a lake or river or creek or even a puddle in this Canada with their toxic products was arrested?
To read a related story, circulated as a news release by the Green Party of Canada and posted earlier this March 23rd on Niagara At Large, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/03/24/canadas-green-party-leader-arrested-while-protesting-kinder-morgan-tar-sands-pipeline-to-coastal-waters/ .
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