An article posted on a pro-resource industry website takes square aim at the head of the group who recently occupied a provincial park in protest of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Author Stewart Muir, founder of Resource Works, claims that the family of Kanahus Manuel, who was recently arrested at a Tiny House Warriors protest in Clearwater, actually owns a gas station.
“Given the fact that this protest is against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline which is there right now shipping gasoline amongst other products, it will be expanded of course to ship diluted bitumen and more fuels of different kinds, it just seemed to me that there was an inherent contradiction in this and a lot of people seem to instantly recognize that contradiction.”
Muir says he’s appealed to her for clarification but has not heard back yet.
“I’m aware that some may feel it is the right of that family – that individual to do what they wish and they’re right – it’s a free country.”
A closure of North Thompson River Provincial Park was authorized by BC Parks for Friday, July 6th to Monday, July 9th for a cultural ceremony at the site of a historic village of the Secwepemc people. On Monday when the ceremony ended, some people stayed behind to protest the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Kanahus Manuel was arrested just outside of the park on the Yellowhead Highway Saturday, July 14th.
Following Manuel’s arrest, RCMP negotiated with the demonstrators, and they agreed to pack up and leave.
The Resource Works article also mentions that Manuel “married a triple murderer who is serving life in a California prison” and also recounts when the family gas station near Chase, B.C. “which is located on band land, became the centre of controversy over the sale of smuggled cigarettes.”