District of Kitimat voters rejected Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project in a plebiscite back in April. Green councillor Adriane Carr, who is running for reelection, wants the City of Vancouver to hold a similar vote on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project.
In May, Carr put forward a motion calling for a citywide plebiscite to coincide with the November civic election. As Carr recalls in an email to supporters, "Unfortunately for democracy, my fellow councillors rejected my motion, fearing that the citizens of Vancouver would be more easily duped by pro-pipeline propaganda than the people of Kitimat. Instead, Vision replaced my motion with one calling on the Harper government (!) to hold referendums in affected communities after the NEB hearings are complete. Does anyone actually think there’s any likelihood Stephen Harper will do this?"
Well, Carr is not giving up on the plebiscite idea. In the email, sent out today (July 8), she urges people to sign the Green Party of Vancouver's online petition to "Let Vancouver Vote!"
"We have a perfect opportunity to express our democratic will during the civic election this November," Carr writes. "There is no better time than now to send a powerful message to Kinder Morgan and to the federal and provincial governments that Vancouverites refuse to live under daily threat of a catastrophic oil spill."
At time of writing, the petition had garnered 146 signatures.