Show of Force: NDP MPs head to Kitimaat Village for Enbridge JRP
June 15th, 2012 - 3:26pm
Delegation led by Opposition Deputy Leader and Environment Critic
KITIMAAT VILLAGE – A team of Official Opposition MPs led by Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie will travel to the Northwest June 25-27 to observe Enbridge Joint Review Panel community hearings and host a public forum on the controversial project.
“Our caucus feels so strongly about the risks of Enbridge that many MPs are joining Megan to stand up to heavy-handed Conservative tactics,” said Skeena-Bulkley MP and House Leader Nathan Cullen. “The government has gutted environmental assessments and is trying to ram this project through and we’re not going to let that happen.”
The Opposition’s Enbridge tour begins June 25 with events and a public forum in Vancouver.
Leslie and Cullen will then lead a smaller delegation to join Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross and witness community hearings in Kitimaat Village, meet with First Nations and municipal leaders of several area communities, and tour a portion of the proposed marine route that oil supertankers would take to transport raw bitumen to Asia from Kitimat.
The local public forum takes place Tuesday, June 26 at the Best Western Inn in Terrace beginning at 6:30pm. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
“I’m really looking forward to key members of our Opposition caucus meeting with people who are directly affected by Enbridge,” Cullen said. “Having taken part in dozens of Enbridge rallies and meetings over the years, I know there will be many very powerful moments. It’ll be pretty up front and personal.
“Megan and our caucus are here to stand in solidarity with residents of the Northwest in opposing a dangerous project that brings us so many risks and really only benefits Enbridge shareholders.”
Details of the federal Opposition tour to BC and the Northwest are available at www.nathancullen.com.
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