Montreal hearings for Energy East have been shut down over complaints against two National Energy Board members and a handful of protestors. The members are under fire for meeting with former Premier Jean Charest who was working with TransCanada at the time of that meeting.
The Board has released a statement explaining the halt to hearings is the result of security concerns after a violent disruption and also due to motions being filed for the recusal of the two panel members that met with Charest.
A group of unruly protestors barged into the first session held in Montreal and charged the table where panelists were seated. The protestors were arrested and the hearing didn’t take place.
Outspoken anti-Energy East interveners, Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre, protestors and environmental groups all say that they can’t count on commissioners from the NEB to be impartial, but that doesn’t add up.
Watch as I point out why no one should buy these accusations of an inability to get a fair hearing.
These environmentalists talk about catastrophic climate change, I talk about catastrophic levels of cronyism at a cost to the Canadian economy and our way of life.
The real take away here is now that the Liberals and NDP have some sway, these processes will be stacked at all levels of government against pro-pipeline forces with the use of foreign cash and liberal leverage.
Expect the pipeline approval process to get a lot more difficult than it already is because the fox is definitely in the henhouse.