OTTAWA â€“ NDP MPs Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby â€“ Douglas) and Peter Julian (Burnaby â€“ New Westminster) demanded the Conservative government take responsibility for its failure to organize a meaningful hearing process that would actually take into account what affected communities have to say about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, so that citizensâ€™ concerns are actually respected and resolved.
Today in the House of Commons MPs Stewart and Julian asked the following questions:
In the past week, over 50 people have been arrested for protesting Kinder Morgan's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain, and this includes the arrest this weekend of two 11-year-old girls.
These are not radicals; they are regular people who rightly feel shut out of the flawed process to review this pipeline, and they have no faith in the environmental review process gutted by these Conservatives.
Why has the government deliberately set up a process that is primed for this kind of conflict? Let us not pretend the NEB process is any more than a sham.
The government's process involves arresting people. It actually should involve consulting Canadians.
This is about getting development right, not doing it at any cost. The Conservatives do not seem to believe in social license. They think it is an ideological term. They should tell that to the folks who are on Burnaby Mountain right now. With no real credible evaluation process, arresting people is not going to give projects like Kinder Morgan's social licence.
Why has the government so thoroughly and completely broken trust with the public on energy project review?
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*For a video of Kennedy Stewartâ€™s question please visit: http://youtu.be/2NYYwqWrLds
*For a video of Peter Julianâ€™s question please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBOVkqxoADk&feature=youtu.be