MP hosts Esquimalt town hall to talk Trans Mountain

MP Randall Garrison and Mp Nathan Cullen host the Oct. 10 event at Esquimalt High School

Rick Stiebel/News staff

Two federal NDP MPs are hosting a town hall to gather support to oppose the federal government’s efforts to build the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion.

Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke MP Randall Garrison and Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen said the event on Oct. 10 in the theatre at Esquimalt High School is part of ongoing efforts to protect the B.C. coastline.

RELATED: Trans Mountain CEO says pipe construction could restart in 2019 on NEB timeline

RELATED: Take 2: NEB wants to hear your thoughts on Trans Mountain pipeline

“Even after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the pipeline permits the Liberal government has made it clear that it intends to force through expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline,” Garrison stated in a news release.

“However, they still can’t say how they will fulfill their obligations to respect the inherent, treaty and constitutional rights of Indigenous peoples. They have also failed to produce any credible plan for addressing the Court’s key other criticism; the failure to fully consider the impact on B.C.’s coastline and marine life, especially Southern Resident Orcas.”

Cullen cited flaws with the environmental assessment process conducted by the National Energy Board, pointing out in the media release that it did not consider the risk a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic would have. The ruling by the court found that the federal government failed to engage in meaningful consultation with Indigenous groups as well, he added.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell refuses to stop distribution of election brochure

The District of Saanich has asked United for Saanich to “immediately” stop distribution

West Shore RCMP tape off Langford law office sent suspicious substance last month

No confirmation as to why police were back at Hemminger Law Group Monday afternoon

Saanich municipal candidate plays politics by a different tune

Trevor Barry is using musical earworms to strike up voters

BC SPCA sees successful weekend from adoption sales

On Saturday animal shelters across the province reduced their adoption fees

Campers near Saanich municipal hall await response from transportation ministry

MOTI expected to decide Monday when campers need to leave

Advance voting begins Oct. 10 in Greater Victoria

The polls open at 8 a.m. for the 2018 municipal election with the general election taking place Oct. 20

Find your future at Black Press career fair in Victoria

More than 70 booths expected at Bay Street Armoury on Oct. 25

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

Most Read