Could an HST-style initiative stop the Enbridge pipeline?
What happens if Stephen Harper's Conservative government approves Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project?
For one thing, First Nations are promising to tie the project up in the courts. And environmental activists are warning of a new "war in the woods", complete with direct action.
The Dogwood Initiative, a Victoria-based environmental organization, has another idea. In the wake of the Joint Review Panel today (December 19) recommending conditional approval of Northern Gateway, the group is soliciting support for a citizen's initiative to stop construction of the pipeline in B.C. You know, Fight HST-style.
Here's what Dogwood has in mind:
Our plan is simple and unlike other initiative campaigns, we are proposing a two-step process. First, get so big that successfully launching a citizen’s initiative is nearly guaranteed. That requires registering more than 8,000 volunteers to knock on doors and collect pledges in all 85 B.C. ridings.
Together, we would only move on to the second step if Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet approves Enbridge’s proposal and Premier Clark betrays her promise to British Columbians by signing the necessary provincial permits.
Dogwood is hoping 8,400 people will pledge online to sign up their friends, family, and neighbours in support of the initiative.