This Thursday, BC’s Environment Minister George Heyman confirmed what many suspected since the NDP were elected in May— this government will challenge the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion. Now we also know how they plan to do it.
The NDP’s main argument against Trans Mountain is that Kinder Morgan failed to dutifully consult First Nations in this project.
They’ve hired well known lawyer Thomas Berger (who some might call “the King of Getting to No”) as they seek intervenor status in court cases filed by First Nations groups opposed to the project.
In other words: They’re using tax dollars to pay lawyers to oppose a project that would not only create jobs but tens of millions in new tax revenues.
Call it NDP Economics 101.
But even worse is the blatant lie the NDP trotted out during the announcement:
The claim that First Nations have not been adequately consulted.
Watch as I debunk this claim then show you why, despite this move, there is some hope that the project will proceed.
Also encouraging is that Kinder Morgan say they aren’t going anywhere. There’s simply too much on the line, and they aren’t backing away from starting work next month either.
In a statement provided to The Rebel, Kinder Morgan President Ian Anderson stated:
“We have undertaken thorough, extensive and meaningful consultations with Aboriginal Peoples, communities and individuals and remain dedicated to those efforts and relationships as we move forward with construction activities in September.”