Christy Clark’s MLA office targeted by anti-pipeline protest
Around 200 protesters descended on Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in Vancouver as part of a provincewide action against oil pipelines today (October 24).
Dressed in colourful costumes and waving placards, the demonstrators marched through the streets of Clark’s Vancouver-Point Grey riding, escorted by police on motorcycles.
The protesters then rallied outside the locked front door of Clark’s office on West 4th Avenue where they chanted, played music, and listened to speakers.
“We are here to say to our elected representatives that it is time to represent the majority of British Columbians who are saying ‘no’ to these pipelines and ‘yes’ to a government that represents us,” environmental activist Tzeporah Berman told the crowd.
“No amount of money will make these risky and dangerous pipelines OK. No amount of money will make the risk of oil spills and oil leaks on our beautiful coast OK,” Berman said.
Similar demonstrations were to take place today at noon outside more than 60 MLA offices across B.C.
The protests come after thousands of people gathered outside the legislature in Victoria on October 22 to oppose pipelines and oil tankers.
Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is the focus of criticism from environmental groups, First Nations, and other British Columbians who are worried about the risk of a spill.
The planned pipeline, which is being assessed by a federal review panel, would link northern Alberta to the B.C. coast at Kitimat, where tankers would ship the oil overseas.
Clark, who did not appear at today’s rally, has outlined five conditions that must be met before the B.C. government will consider supporting the Northern Gateway project.
Key conditions relate to oil-spill response measures and ensuring B.C. receives a fair share of the economic benefits from the project.
Quinn Runkle, a University of B.C. student and protest organizer, said Clark’s position on the Northern Gateway project is not good enough.
“No matter what conditions are put in place a tar sands pipeline will jeopardize our future and will lock us into an economy that is predicated on environmental harm and fuelling climate change,” Runkle told the rally outside the premier’s office.
Speaking on CKNW’s Bill Good Show yesterday, Clark reaffirmed her position on the Northern Gateway project.
“We have five basic conditions that must be met before we will consider the pipeline to go ahead in British Columbia,” Clark said.
“Even if they come up with a fantastic money deal for British Columbia, if they haven’t met the conditions on the environment, the project will not go ahead.”