Four arrested at "No Enbridge" protest at Conservative MP's office

“I'd never even been to a protest until Northern Gateway came along and I began to learn about climate change,” said a mother and retired businesswoman at the protest. “If ordinary citizens like me are willing to risk arrest to stop this project, Harper can expect blockades that will make Clayoquot look like a picnic.”

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"It was calm and peaceful but it was also emotional and scary -- it was a big step for me to do it," said Jackie DeRoo, a retired businesswoman who was among four arrested at a No Enbridge sit-in at Industry Minister James Moore's office today.

A group of 12 citizens staged a peaceful sit-in at Moore’s office since 10:30 this morning to express opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, which the federal government approved via a news release yesterday.  

The pipeline would bring 520,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from Alberta's oil sands across northern BC to a terminal in Kitimat. Residents of Kitimat, B.C., the community at the terminus of the proposed pipeline route, recently voted against project in a non-binding plebiscite. Currently, 130 First Nations oppose the pipeline, while Enbridge said 26 have signed on for equity if the pipeline is built. 

The pipeline has the benefit of expanding the export of Canadian oil to Asian markets, where it would sell at higher prices than the U.S. Enbridge stated at joint review panel hearings last year that it loses an estimated $8 a barrel due to the lack of a pipeline to ship the oil to Asian markets. 

DeRoo says she had "never even been to a protest until Northern Gateway came along" and began to learn about climate change.  
 
She said people who were opposed to the pipeline but never involved in activism should be ready to take a stand. 
 
“If ordinary citizens like me are willing to risk arrest to stop this project, Harper can expect blockades that will make Clayoquot look like a picnic.”

"Be brave, stand up, express yourself and throw the Harper government out in 2015. You owe it to your children".
 
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