August 11, 2017

Why BC NDP's plan to use identity politics to stop Trans Mountain might not work

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

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.

It helps that new BC Liberal MLA and former Chief of the Haisla First Nation Ellis Ross has called out the NDP for using First Nations as tools to oppose it.

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.”

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commented 2017-08-14 23:12:33 -0400
Yvette Mozol I totally agree with you, but in this case, my believing is that the benefit should be at least equal to the risk we take. I read some of the nice and not so nice replies and those telling me that a very few people actually know what this project really is besides “pipeline”. Ron Joseph called me a dummy, perhaps not I am the one. The existing pipeline was build in 1953, which makes it 64 years old. Until now carried unpressurized crude oil and unleaded kerosene (Jet A-1) or a naphtha-kerosene blend (Jet B). The proposed KM project will pressurize the existing pipeline ( besides the 2 newly build pipeline) to be able to carry Benzin diluted bitumen although no one knows how this old pipeline will hold the pressure. Also, KM proposed to build 14 more holding tank( 26 altogether holding 890.000.000 gallon diluted bitumen) on Burnaby Mountain, living only 300 feet space between the holding tank and Gaglardy way, the only evacuation route from SFU. I also want to mention the 34/month Aframax tanker ships, as long as the height of the Empirer state building cruising in Burrard Inlet maneuvered by 3 tugboats to the triple sized marine terminal.
commented 2017-08-13 23:10:13 -0400
Anna Berke, NOTHING is 100% proof, there are risks in everything. Accidents can occur with almost everything. Planes can crash & do crash although it is very minimal, is flying going to be barred? A surgeon can have a slip with a scalpel, are all surgeries going to stop? You can get killed crossong the street, are you never going to cross a street again, on & on, you get my drift. Precaution is taken with everything, no matter what & there would be no progress if everyone thought like you.
commented 2017-08-13 15:41:16 -0400
Ron Joseph:
Good points, all. But we must be stronger, louder, to remind voters of the sheer incompetence of the ndp when they were the goverment in the 90s! Next time we go to the polls, this needs to be made absolutely clear to everyone who might vote. Many voters today weren’t old enough to be directly affected by the jobs lost, people losing their houses, and the overall BC-only recession that resulted.
commented 2017-08-13 15:07:16 -0400
Anna Berke—Dummy, its been there for 50 years.
commented 2017-08-13 11:39:17 -0400
Educate yourself a little more about the whole KM project, before you criticize and judge the people who oppose it.
commented 2017-08-13 10:57:50 -0400
commented 2017-08-13 00:25:47 -0400
Peter Netterville asked "The bigger curiosity is why people even vote for the NDP?

The answer is freebees !
Many people think the NDP got in the lower mainland of BC because they were anti-pipeline. Possibly this is true for Vancouver and Burnaby; however the other 20 Cities in the area voted for the NDP promise to eliminate tolls on two new bridges in the area. If the voter worked and had to cross one of these bridges every day , he could save around $1000.00 a year. Pretty good incentive to hold your nose and vote NDP.
The sad part of this is, instead of USER PAY, the people on Vancouver Island and the BC Interior have to pay for bridges that they will never use. The NDP has to be unethical to win an election.
commented 2017-08-12 20:53:39 -0400
Yvette Mozol—-excellent legal and common sense comment.
Lets hope that the Judge has the qualities. I’m not too optimistic .
commented 2017-08-12 19:49:46 -0400
Chief Stewart should start marketing his water run BMW car asap so the rest of us can get in on this magic liquid……hypocrite!
Without revenues created from this very important natural resource, what happens to all those social programs that the NDP is so well known for, everyone has the answer except those clowns.
If I was native, I too would be insulted & angry at being used as a a pawn in their little costly scheme. Not only will this cost oodles of money coming from the taxpayer, but also KM, whose costs have already risen because of all the delays caused by the additional conditions. As Charles Adler put it, the coastline belongs to every Canadian & in Canada we have laws, which the judge will respect. Therefore I say the NDP should be smart to mind their own business & not interfere where they have no jurisdiction, this project having already been approved by the Feds.
commented 2017-08-12 15:35:59 -0400
I get a different message from this Dip Kleptocrat Christopher – what I hear buried beneath a blanket of virtue posturing rhetoric and threats is that the price to buy BC Gov. approval of the project just went up – I think these greedy commies are holding out for a percentage skim
commented 2017-08-12 11:12:28 -0400
Memo to the left:
Nothing lasts forever.
The left only appear to be getting away with their plans to tear down what has taken much to build, because those on the left have a huge moral and intellectual deficit and just don’t get it, or just can’t see through all their indoctrination…or just don’t want to…but you do so at your peril.
When the paradigm shifts fully and the pendulum finally swings back to sanity land, all you on the left will be targeted for retribution – for your crimes against the state and your crimes against the people. There’ll be no reconciliation and forgiveness committee whatever BS – there’ll be payback! Things will be set right.
So crawl back under your rocks now if you want, or not – but we have your names…
Nothing lasts forever!
commented 2017-08-12 03:48:27 -0400
Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Every municipality along the pipeline, native, not-native, whatever, should declare themselves “sanctuary” municipalities that don’t have to give a flying fig what the B.C. government rules. Chaos for one is chaos for all! Here’s to every governing body just making it the hell up! What? My taxes? But I live in a sanctuary home, asshole.
commented 2017-08-12 01:57:39 -0400
Well Lloyd.. It’s either chewing mushrooms or pakalolo smoke but south Vancouver Island is the epitome of 70s era hippies progressed to their senior years but still having fond memories or running around bare-butt on Sombrio Beach, toking up, and eating clams and oysters… The obvious question, to their opposition of twinning an ALREADY EXISTING PIPE LINE, is where the Hell do you think the TAX MONEY comes from to pay for your welfare cheques?? But that, today, is “academic”… They got those cheques in the 70s, the 80s, the 90s, et al, and unlike non-performers in third world countries, they still have a belly full, and seemingly under the Canadian system, always will have… Oh yes; and now there’s even hopes of free, certified pure, drugs !… Ain’t Canada just grand!?…
commented 2017-08-11 19:37:02 -0400
Thanks WILSON , for the glimmer of hope
I’m afraid the lower main land and the island are full of destroying mushroom smokers
commented 2017-08-11 19:36:44 -0400
One has to wonder why the NDP in any province are so dead set against prosperity. They always destroy the economy of the province they govern.

The bigger curiosity is why people even vote for them.
commented 2017-08-11 19:29:23 -0400
If the start up is still Sept, that is good. But I heard it is delayed to Nov on the local news today, due to pending court action. I hope you have the correct date Mr. Wilson.

Our courts just keep allowing delay tactics. The court should be advising that this current challenge is invalid because all consultations and approvals have been adhered to. You can guarantee the court won’t.