Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart have been arrested on Burnaby Mountain for violating a B.C Supreme Court order related to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
A fellow MP who is critical of their actions, is Conservative Cathy McLeod in Kamloops.
“It’s fair enough that they don’t want the project to go ahead, but it’s an approved project. We know that many Canadians support it, we have a number of Aboriginal communities that support it. They’re just going to have to accept it, and demonstrate peacefully. It’s everyone’s right for peaceful disobedience, and to express their concerns over the decisions the government makes. This was a decision that was made after a comprehensive National Energy Board process, and the endorsement of the current government.”
May felt at this point, she needed to do this to amplify the deep, deep opposition to this project that’s felt by her constituents.
Kennedy Stewart argues B.C bears most of the risk from the pipeline but gets almost none of the benefits.
“We won’t see a drop of this oil unless it spills out.”