Surreal Enbridge political campaign underway to sway Kitimat to "vote yes" to oil pipeline

Enbridge is canvassing door-to-door in a well financed, high-stakes campaign to swing a key vote to bring an oil pipeline to the B.C.'s coast. Third in a series.

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Enbridge canvassers going door to door for Northern Gateway plebiscite vote
Enbridge canvassers at the doorstep of Kitimat resident Manny Arruda's home on Friday - photos provided by Arruda.

With a deeply unpopular $6.5 billion Northern Gateway project at risk, Enbridge is betting heavily on ads and a door-to-door corporate campaign to sway residents in a small northern coastal B.C. community to "vote yes" for its oil sands pipeline project.  

"It’s mind boggling how they’re pouring so much into [the Enbridge campaign]... trying to influence a plebiscite here in little Kitimat on the north coast of B.C.,” said Murray Minchin of Douglas Channel Watch.

The pipeline would terminate in this community, gushing half a million barrels of Alberta bitumen per day, onto 220 super tankers per year bound for Asia.

Manny Arruda Enbridge full page ads in The Northern Connector

The company's blue and white "vote yes" political signs are up, local TV and radio and newspaper ads have been bought, and doors are being knocked on by corporate canvassers.

“It’s very much feels like a municipal election and everybody has the right to do what they want to promote their cause," said Kitimat's Mayor Joanne Monaghan on Monday.

"That's democracy."

But in this electoral race, there are no political parties.  Surreally - on one side, there's Enbridge - a giant pipeline company financed by oil sands developers and two Chinese-state oil companies (Sinopec and Nexen).  And on the other side, there's thinly-budgeted-volunteer groups, meeting in living rooms to strategize and make road signs.

"And as quickly as we put up signs, Enbridge started putting up their signs, right besides us," said Lucy McRae, with Douglas Channel Watch on Tuesday.

Pipe Up Against Enbridge - Vote No - Douglas Channel Watch photo

Douglas Channel Watch volunteers put up a "Vote No" sign in Kitimat on Sunday.

Controversially, the district said there are no rules on campaign spending, and "extremely new residents" living just 30 days in the community, are eligible to vote.

Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen said Enbridge's ad budget is likely in the "hundreds of thousands" of dollars, he said from Ottawa on Monday.

Though it's not clear if an Enbridge win in the April 12th non-binding plebiscite would advance the pipeline, it would certainly help the company's embattled PR efforts, hammered for years by hostile opposition from local governments, fishing associations, First Nations, environmental groups, hunters -- even TV stars.

Tense Enbridge meetings

With tensions high, an Enbridge's "voter information" meeting turned sour at the local River Lodge senior's recreation centre on Friday.

A trio of Enbridge staffers, including Donny van Dyk, were presenting to seniors on the economic benefits and safety of the pipeline.  (A request to obtain the presentation was not responded to by the company.)  But among the crowd of 40, hecklers interrupted and blasted hard questions at Enbridge.  Some were asked to tone it down.

Terrace retiree Anne Hill described the corporate presentation as one-sided.

“I thought it was a snow job.  The three people from Enbridge said nothing negative could ever happen in Kitimat.  It was all positive spin.  An oil spill would never happen, that sort of thing.”

When someone also asked how many oil spills the company has had, Hill said Enbridge staff reported they “didn’t have that information.”

“So I quickly Googled it on my iPhone and told [the crowd] that it was 800 spills, as of 2010,” said Hill.

Enbridge did not respond to repeated requests for comment, made by phone, e-mail and in this Tweet:

Donny van Dyk Vancouver Observer tweet - no response

A Kitimat reporter said Enbridge is not responding to that outlet's media requests either.  

Enbridge's executive VP and poster-woman, Janet Holder, has long stated she wants an "open dialogue" with British Columbians about the benefits of her company's project.

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Enbridge Got This In the Bag

Sorry folks, not too happy at Enbridge's tactics towards a small local community but looks like Enbridge is going to win this one.

 

Perhaps the American foundations helping fund the opposition to Northern Gateway might want to chip in... http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/02/25/us-has-motive-to-block-canadian-oil

Biggest scammers on the planet

I think the good people of Kitimat are smart enough to see through Enbridge's rhetoric.

They must know about Enbridge's atrocious track record of 80 or so spills a year, or the fact that Enbridge knew about cracks in Line 6B near Marshal Michigan for 5 years prior to unleashing the largest inland pipeline disaster in U.S. history, but did nothing to fix them!

That's why the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Enbridge operates under a 'culture of deviance' when it comes to safety...

So when it comes to an oil free coast B.C'ers should remain hopeful. Enbridge has already shot themselves in the foot!

 

Enbridge door to door oilsands pitch.

I personally don't see anything wrong with what Enbridge is doing with canvassing door to door.  They have to fight the money coming in to the opposing groups that are being financed by the middle eastern oil barons.  They would lose billions if this pipeline goes threw. 

Enbridge's "bogus economics" exposed

Hopefully the good people of Kitimat will remember what Marc Eliesen, a career executive in the Canadian energy and utility sector, told the panel at the JRP hearings when it comes time to vote...

“It is my contention that Enbridge has submitted marketing propaganda masquerading as economic analysis because of the one-sided, self-serving private benefit picture the proponent has presented. Therefore the public benefit test is not being met and therefore the project is not in the public interest"

Along with the presidency of BC Hydro, Eliesen sat on the board of Suncor Energy and was former CEO of Manitoba Energy Authority and Ontario Hydro. In total, he has worked for seven governments and nine ministers of the crown....

 

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/former-bc-hydro-ceo-condemns-enbridges-bogus-economics-joint-review-panel





one sided - by who?

the VO article says - 

"Terrace retiree Anne Hill described the corporate presentation as one-sided.

“I thought it was a snow job.  The three people from Enbridge said nothing negative could ever happen in Kitimat.  It was all positive spin.  An oil spill would never happen, that sort of thing.” "


So my first question is this - 

what should the company promoting a project do then give their own project a negative spin?? 

and this begs the question - How many positive things have the "thread bare local groups meeting in living rooms" said after all the research monies given them by foreign groups against the oil sands production - 

do they even question why a foreign group would want to block Canadian oil sands production -- 

have they wondered that maybe it is because the foreign groups have an interest in their own oil production companies servicing the 200 ships a day -

 

regards 


Foreign money - one sided - by who?

If think Murray Minchin summed it up best regarding foreign money influencing this vote & Enbridge's proposal in general, when he gave a presentation to the Kitimat City Council on Monday, March 17th regarding the upcoming Enbridge Plebiscite....

“It’s interesting to look at their (Enbridge) ad campaign because foreign corporations owned by a communist state are providing money to a Canadian company to purchase advertising in an attempt to influence a democratic vote that will export thousands of jobs, potentially, to that communist state,” said Minchin. “What part of that makes any sense to you?”

http://www.kitimatdaily.ca/show7841a/THE_EYES_OF_THE_WORLD_WILL_BE_ON_KI...

Remember Enbridge received $100,000,000 of foreign money to make this thing fly...

Enbridge Kitimat vote canvassing

I hope that Kitimat residents (and the "new" construction worker voters) will strongly consider the potential larger impacts and significant risks to the B.C. ecosystems that will be negatively affected by this project. Nature can't vote and we are the custodians of our own and our children's future. As an Ontario taxpayer, I am concerned about the "socialized" clean up costs that inevitably are offloaded to all levels of taxpayers. Scientists agree that 80 per cent of today's fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if we are to head towards a healthy/sustainable future. Do not succumb to glossy PR campaigns that seek your vote to the benefit of corporate profits - not to those of local, B.C. or Canadian resident/ecosystem benefit. Stay strong Kitimat! Renewable healthy jobs and economic alternatives do exist. You know your strengths - how about crowdsourcing to fund healthier economic opportunities. Sustainable Investors - how about offering Kitimat some sustainable incentives? 

Money

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” 
― Edward Abbey,

This is John Bolenbaugh's story.

He is the whistleblower that Enbridge fired because he refused to cover up dilbit from their Kalamazoo disaster...

http://vimeo.com/22067803

It's worth watching if you are undecided how you are going to vote!

 

Remember the Kalamazoo

There is nothing in Kitimat's interest from this pipeline. Enbridge's pipeline will simply pass over Kitimat and there is no economic benefit for the people of Kitimat. The owners of the tar sands will make fantastic profits, but the people of Kitimat will receive nothing. Enbridge tried to cover-up their tar sands spill in Merritt. With more that 220 super tankers plying the Douglas Channel, it is a disaster waiting to happen. Enbridge's tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River in July 2010, is still being cleaned-up. A tar sands spill into the Douglas Channel will destroy all forms of ocean life in that Channel and will destroy the shore-side fishing communities, destroy businesses, destroy the tourist industry and lower real estate values.

Pipelines

People seem to have forgotten that Enbridge, the multi-billion corporation, has set up a shell company called Northern Gateway to push the new pipeline.  This enables any future liability to stop at the shell company and protect Enbridge execs & shareholders from a disaster.  They have also refused to take out a $5 billion liability policy (as the BC Liberals first said they should) as the premiums would destroy the massive profits from this venture.  The premiums are high because the independent insurance industry know how to cost out risk. 

These are the realities never mentioned in the slick TV adverts that we see on a daily basis. 

 

in the bag??

AliseFan wrote:

Sorry folks, not too happy at Enbridge's tactics towards a small local community but looks like Enbridge is going to win this one.

 

Perhaps the American foundations helping fund the opposition to Northern Gateway might want to chip in... http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/02/25/us-has-motive-to-block-canadian-oil

well, seems you've been listening to Harper and Joe Oliver and their unprecedented lies. And who funds big oil ??? multi-national companies with big pockets and a huge impact on MY WATER, and MY AIR...and I'm not funded by anyone, but I'll be on the blockades for sure...come and join me!!

Fantasy Financiers

Robert Wara wrote:

I personally don't see anything wrong with what Enbridge is doing with canvassing door to door.  They have to fight the money coming in to the opposing groups that are being financed by the middle eastern oil barons.  They would lose billions if this pipeline goes threw. 

 Well this is one on Joe Oliver.....crying foul because American environmental groups see the north american continent as a single eco system, in order to distract attention from where Enbridge was getting much of their money (Chinese state owned oil company).  Now its eastern oil barons putting the kibosh on Enbridge's plans for our western coast.  

But just maybe, money isn't the issue: an intact north Pacific ecosystem, healthy salmon, happy whales, and a spill free future is the issue.  And maybe only non natives will risk that for easy money, or promises from Enbridge for a fail safe economic boom.  Maybe only globalists and newbies don't give a damn about the earth and water native Canadians see as our true national wealth.

 

Maybe, just this once, big money won't win the argument.  Maybe the people of northern B.C. will remember the Exon Valdez, and say NO.  Not Again....not on this coast.....its too valuable to be put at risk because some oil company thinks its going to make a bundle at its expense.

 

 

Thanks for the Video

nopipe wrote:

This is John Bolenbaugh's story.

He is the whistleblower that Enbridge fired because he refused to cover up dilbit from their Kalamazoo disaster...

http://vimeo.com/22067803

It's worth watching if you are undecided how you are going to vote!

 Thanks for the video....we saw something like this a couple of years ago....but its good to be reminded that hiding a spill is cheaper than cleaning it up....and when all is said and done, Embridge is about cheap.  Though we should wonder, how much to they expect to make, if they are willing to advertise us into submission????  We should also begin to wonder if a deal that has to be plugged as much as this one has been in the last few years can possibly be anything other than an extremely bad idea....say no Kitamat, and write a new page in Canadian history books.  The death of a project and the beginning of the end of rule by propoganda...

pipeline propaganda

I hope the good people of Kitimat see through 800+Oil-Spill-Enbridge's propaganda. Scratch the surface of this bitumen pipe-dream to China and it's likely to blow. A bitumen tanker spill every 10 years estimated by SFU and UBC studies. 25 years on and the last bitumen spill still contaminates Alaska. With 90% spill costs going to taxpayers, those 100 permanent jobs threatening 100 000 in fisheries and tourism alone look pretty bleak.
Biggest threat BC has ever faced. In the 21st century, other progressive countries prove there are no excuses for such wanton devastation.

Poison and death.

This pipeline is environmental suicide, and only fools would allow it into their town.

 

We'll see if they are fools.

 

 

see    http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/Opinion+spills+lessons+must+learn/9652436/story.html 

  After waiving ‘bye bye’ to the departing Bitumen tankers..Enbridge and Kinder Morgan has no ongoing  responsibility for a tanker bitumen spills... ? Of course these pipe line/shipping  companies ,along with ‘Ottawa’ experts ,would be wise  demonstrate  their skills at  a mock bitumen spill incident in Burrard Inlet..!  More good news..’We’ intend to remove  ‘people’ from any potential  problem areas---- most ‘incidents’ are the result of people errors...! We see the need  for oil shipping or pipelining—however WE CAN DO THE COMMON SENSE THING....restrict ship and pipeline routing to areas with the least potential for the feared bitumen spill incident ..! Locate bitumen export shipping terminal at a point  just north of Prince Rupert ,to be served with a joint venture (Enbridge/Kinder Morgan) pipe line system from Alberta..resulting in open ocean access to world markets... Result... bitumen spill threats minimized or eliminated  in;1.  Douglas Channel and  other northern waters;and 2. Southern BC waters—Burrard Inlet,Boundary Pass, Haro Strait,Gulf islands,southern BC Coast generally Also,no need for Kinder Morgan twinning project ! A simple doable solution..ADDRESSING  many  BC concerns..What’s required now is political leadership...or the BC public may decide to carry out  their own  ‘ultimate’ NEB Hearing---the National Election Ballot –soon !!OK leaders-LEAD,  please ! 

Until a global carbon tax has been established world demand for oil will keep rising and we may as well supply it rather than giving the business to other countries. At least 3 major oil companies favor such a universal tax, which will eliminate unfair competition. Due to political wrangling Canada is way behind other countries on carbon pricing. Environmentalists rank Canada as # 58 and the US as #43 out of 61 countries based on 5 criteria. Denmark, Sweden and Portugal are #1,2 and 3  so it is no wonder the Europeans want to stop our pipeline expansion. In London the Canadian Prime Minister was met by 30 protest organisations from both sides of the Atlantic while 6 MPs tabled a motion to keep Canada’s Alberta oil out of Europe. According to a 19 January 2013 Globe and mail report Alberta’s Energy Minister Ken Hughes estimated that we subsidize the US by $20-30 billion per year because, due to lack of pipeline capacity, we have to sell our oil at bargain prices. It is surely in the country’s interest to proceed with this pipeline.

 

 I have written 3 emails to Mr Harper, about these matters and also showed the miserable problems which Ebbridges pipelines had caused in the US. I stressed that far more details have to be made available to proof that these problems can be overcome.  I documented in those emails that study after study has shown that carbon pricing does not harm the economy and that a revenue neutral carbon tax, like we have in British Columbia is easy to implement and administer. It has reduced the use of petroleum products by 17% without loss of GDP. Opposition to carbon pricing is caused by insufficient reporting on how the money is paid back to businesses and individuals. People see it as a tax grab rather than a tax shift to make green energy more competitive. The public only sees the figures which each household pays directly and indirectly for carbon pricing. It is $1500 per year for one of the US bills and $ 779 per year for British Columbian  households.  After all the money is paid back through income tax reductions, special grants and other recycled benefits the amounts are $150 per year for the US and $ 0 per year for the average BC household. I also suggested to Mr Harper that by implementing a carbon tax, when explained well, he will gain more votes. I got an assurance from the PMO that my points have  been carefully considered.

 

I sent Enbridge copies of the emails to Mr Harper and followed it up with 2  email exchanges related to earthquake design and many technical details. It is clear to me that the pipeline will be safe provided that all the contemplated improvements in design, operation and maintenance will be strictly followed and will be double checked by independent  agencies. All the past problems have clearly been caused by cutting corners in order to reduce the cost. The recent train disaster in Quebec is the latest example. I have suggested to Enbridge to make far more details available, summarize  their previous disasters and show how they can’t happen again. I left them with a list of unanswered questions, including some for the marine traffic. Enbridge thanked me for my support but until the media starts analysing these details we will keep arguing back and forth without considering all aspects

 

What world do you live in?

Robert Wara wrote:

I personally don't see anything wrong with what Enbridge is doing with canvassing door to door.  They have to fight the money coming in to the opposing groups that are being financed by the middle eastern oil barons.  They would lose billions if this pipeline goes threw. 

Seriously, what world do you live in in which middle east billionaires are funding environmental movements in Canada and the States? Novel conspiracies, but really, REALLY wrong

Oil Barons have billions to bribe the naive

The thing is, this company has TONS of money to pay people to canvas. Regular folks have jobs and household tasks to do.  They don't have others to do their jobs for them at work or at home or do their canvassing for them.  The environment can't protect itself without human help, because we're the ones destroying it.  It sure as hell isn't the snowy owl.  Don't forget that regular folks don't have the billions of bucks the Koch Bros. have.  Pollution and Big Oil ARE the enemy of our planet's viability for life. The Good never have as much money or the influence that the Bad people do.  Don't be so naïve! 

 

Robert Wara wrote:

I personally don't see anything wrong with what Enbridge is doing with canvassing door to door.  They have to fight the money coming in to the opposing groups that are being financed by the middle eastern oil barons.  They would lose billions if this pipeline goes threw. 

ENBRIDGE COMMERCIAL : THESE

ENBRIDGE COMMERCIAL : THESE ARE SOCK-EYE SALMON...THESE ARE THE WATERS IN WHICH THEY LIVE...AND THIS IS THE COASTLINE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO POLLUTE....

Just say No, Kitimat.

Just say No, Kitimat.

no to enbridge.

After seeing the video from the fired employee of Enbridge, I spread it everywhere.

I have been part of countless debates over this issue.

At no time has there been a defense of this ludicrous idea that had merit.

 The jrp was a farce and those people were drama queens attached to Enbridge lawyers for protection.

I have faith.

At times it has been tested.

Vote as you wish.

That pipeline wont happen.

To the supporters of the indecent plan, I do not know how you sleep at night.

So Robert Wara thinks the

So Robert Wara thinks the anti pipeline people are funded by some vague "middle eastern conspiracy". Robert you are wrong, the anti-pipeline people are in fact funded by Zoltan from the planet Zog.  The Zogians conspiracy has been known for years amongst those of us with insider knowledge.   Down with Zoltan and the Zogians. 

NEB - JRP Creds

This debate in Kitimat would not even be happening if the JRPanel of the National Energy Board had not approved of the Gateway Pipeline. They did approve it, but does that mean their decision has any real MERIT in the real world?

   As In - Does the NEB have any credibility?

   Consider this: The NEB, since it's inception in the 1950s, HAS NEVER TURNED DOWN A PIPELINE PROPOSAL.

  It is like being a Judge for 60 years but never finding anyone guilty - there is a very slight possibility that he did the right thing, but highly unlikely.

PIPE UP!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLAQwahvVdA

 

Enbridge couldn't care less about anyone in the north. Give your heads a shake. Anyone supporting this in any way, only has a hand in profiting somehow from it. 

 

The problem is deeper.

Cons convicted of election fraud in 2006, with over $200k paid in fines, but not a single day of jail time for this major crime.

Cons convicted of election fraud in 2008, with Dean Del Maestro and Peter Penashue charged.

Election fraud confirmed in 2011, with foreign newspapers calling the election "a sham" and "rigged"; CIMS database confirmed the source of the data used to perpetrate the fraud, which is encrypted, password-locked, access-logged, and access is restricted to high-ranking Cons only.

"Computer records show campaign volunteer John White downloaded the lists of opposition supporters that may have been used to make the call. White told investigators in 2012 he could not recall why he downloaded them."  from the National Post's article, "Former campaign worker granted immunity after he gives evidence in ‘Pierre Poutine’ robocalls case."

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Justin_Trudeau_Tom_Mulcair_Elizabeth_Ma...

Denounce Harpler's reign as illegitimate.  Write your MP, sign the petition, get vocal, our rights are at stake.

Jail, repeal, severe audit.

so what

Marysue Shaw wrote:

The thing is, this company has TONS of money to pay people to canvas. Regular folks have jobs and household tasks to do.  They don't have others to do their jobs for them at work or at home or do their canvassing for them.  The environment can't protect itself without human help, because we're the ones destroying it.  It sure as hell isn't the snowy owl.  Don't forget that regular folks don't have the billions of bucks the Koch Bros. have.  Pollution and Big Oil ARE the enemy of our planet's viability for life. The Good never have as much money or the influence that the Bad people do.  Don't be so naïve! 

 

Robert Wara wrote:

I personally don't see anything wrong with what Enbridge is doing with canvassing door to door.  They have to fight the money coming in to the opposing groups that are being financed by the middle eastern oil barons.  They would lose billions if this pipeline goes threw. 

 

So what if they have tons of money. In just what constitution does it say you cease having the right to present your position once you have a certain amount of money available to you? And the fact they are multinational is irrelevant too. If we want the right to invest internationally, then we don't have the right to tell those same nations they have no right to invest here.

  Just because you don't support a project, or ideal, doesn't mean those who do don't have the right to voice their support, or try to increase the public support for it.

  Had to laugh at the "invasion of privacy" bit in the article since the canvasser knew who they were. Hate to break it to you. But there are these things called phone books, regardless if they are online or paper. Reading them isn't a privacy violation. Aside from the plethora of other public records that will show residency.

Enbridge 'Spin'

Enbridge mega corporation is still hiding behind its front "Northern Gateway" phoney corporation.  It's major shareholders did not Enbridge directly on the hook for any subsequent multi-billion liabilities - just like a local, scam building developer.  Take the money & run and leave the customers (BC) with an empty purse.