Postmedia News reports, “B.C. New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix is predicting a ‘businesslike’ relationship with Prime Minister Stephen Harper should he win next spring’s provincial election even though he’s investigating ways to challenge a critical component of Harper’s economic plan — Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline megaproject.”
“Dix said Friday he’s assembling a legal team headed by Vancouver lawyer Murray Rankin, a specialist in aboriginal, natural resource and environment law, to consider his options to oppose the controversial $5.5-billion pipeline proposal now before a federal review panel.”
“Dix also is an outspoken critic of federal policy on criminal justice, Canadian-European free trade talks and health-care transfers. …Dix said the government’s unilateral reduction in the growth of health transfers, and support for a proposed Canadian-European trade deal that could trigger higher prescription drug prices, could cause problems in the provincial health-care system.”
“But he reserved his toughest words for the government’s handling of environmental reviews of two controversial natural resource projects: Calgary-based Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and Vancouver-based Taseko’s New Prosperity gold-copper mine.”
“He said the world of federal-provincial relations has changed due to Harper’s refusal to hold first ministers’ meetings, the federal government’s view that Ottawa shouldn’t meddle in areas of provincial jurisdiction and Ottawa’s hands-off approach to provincial health-care systems.”
The Council of Canadians is also opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, the Canada-European Union free trade pact (and the drug patent provisions within it), the federal cuts to public health care spending, and the Prosperity Mine that would destroy the Fish Lake/ Teztan Biny watershed.
Our 2012 annual general meeting will take place in Nanaimo, BC, in October, just months prior to the provincial election in May.