The Council of Canadians held a rally today in opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline that drew 200+ people to Parliament Hill, 24,000 views on CBC and another 20,000 views via the Coast Protectors Facebook page.
We called this rally after federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Trudeau government was willing to provide indemnification to Texas-based Kinder Morgan - or another investor willing to take on the pipeline - for any financial loss due to British Columbia's opposition the pipeline. While Morneau refuses to say how much the government is willing to compensate Kinder Morgan, and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says the public won't know until a deal is struck, a former TransCanada chief executive officer has suggested it could be a $10 billion indemnity.
The rally, hosted by Council of Canadians campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue, featured a welcome to unceded Algonquin territory by Elder Verna McGregor and speeches by Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs vice-president Chief Robert Chamberlin (via cellphone from British Columbia/Coast Salish territories), NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (alongside MPs Fin Donnelly, Nathan Cullen and Alexandre Boulerice), Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow.
Chief Chamberlin stated, “It’s with great disappointment from all across the country that we see the government willing to take taxpayers’ dollars to bail out a project that simply should not be built." And Barlow highlighted, "We need to respect Indigenous rights. We need to protect water, our water is at risk.”
In its report on the rally, iPolitics notes, "Singh is calling on the government to take the money it was planning to use to compensate Kinder Morgan investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and instead invest in clean energy jobs."
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And to see seven photos from the rally, please scroll down.
Elder Verna McGregor welcomes those assembled to unceded Algonquin territory.
Council of Canadians campaigners Andrea Harden-Donahue and Emma Lui hold a cellphone from which Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs vice-president Chief Bob Chamberlin addressed the rally.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh - along with MPs Fin Donnelly, Alexandre Boulerice and Nathan Cullen - speaks at the rally.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow.
Helene Bertrand with Trudeau's blank cheque for Kinder Morgan.