**ENBRIDGE** Northern PIPELINE OPPOSITION Continues..
More than 1,000 people participated in a sit-in on the front lawn of the B.C. legislature October 22 to defend Canada’s west coast from the proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines and tar sands tankers.
Protesters intended to sent a message to B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada must turn away from the tar sands and start building a green energy economy that prioritizes the health of the environment and communities and respects Indigenous rights.
The proposed pipeline would cross some of B.C.’s most sensitive eco-systems including many productive salmon and trout streams. Pipeline opponents believe the environmental risks outweigh the negligible economic benefits. The pipeline will employ Alberta workers and provide China with cheap energy. A broad spectrum of people turned up at the Legislature in Victoria. Over 80 influential leaders from Canada’s business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities along with major international and Canadian entertainers endorsed the sit-in.