PRESS RELEASE: Indigenous and environmental groups: BC election results show clear opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline

Press release - May 24, 2017
24 May 2017 (VANCOUVER) — In response to the final result of the BC election, Indigenous and environmental groups urged all parties to listen to the majority of British Columbians and reject the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

24 May 2017 (VANCOUVER) — In response to the final result of the BC election, Indigenous and environmental groups urged all parties to listen to the majority of British Columbians and reject the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

Jessica Wilson, Head of the Oil Campaign at Greenpeace Canada, said:

“What is clear from the election results is that Kinder Morgan doesn’t have the support of the people of British Columbia. Over 57 per cent of BC voters cast their ballots for parties that don’t support this toxic pipeline, which infringes on Indigenous rights and threatens to pollute the coast, climate and drinking water. Whichever government forms power, they mustn’t be allowed to play party politics with such core values for British Columbians.”

Melinda Bige, scholar (M.A.), member of Lutsel K'e, mother of a Kwantlen baby, and Kwantlen community member, said:

“As a Cree and Dene woman raised in the never-surrendered lands of the Kwantlen people, the election is but one puzzle-piece of colonial entrenchment and simply dictates the flavour of this oppressive, patronizing dish. No matter what this government tries to force us to accept and digest, the pipelines and the continued encroachment of landless laws from an illegal and rootless government will not be swallowed. We have all that we need, on the land and in the water, to sustain and fill our bellies. Together with our brothers and sisters we will continue to ensure our lands and our waters remain healthy, sustainable and strong.”

Aurore Fauret, Canada Tar Sands Campaign Coordinator at 350.org said:

"BC served notice on the Kinder Morgan pipeline this election. Most of the province voted against it, and voted for bold climate action. It’s past time that governments, be they in Victoria, Edmonton or Ottawa listen to the people, reject new pipelines and keep fossil fuels in the ground.”

Susan Davidson, a Member and Director of PIPE UP Network, said:

“According to Merriam-Webster, one meaning for ‘change’ is ‘to make radically different.’ The election results indicate BC voters are expecting this kind of change. Whatever party alliances emerge, let's hold our leaders to account on moving inexorably forward to a livable, just future for ALL BC citizens.” 

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For more information:

Jesse Firempong, Greenpeace Canada, 778-996-6549,