Concerned BC citizens opposing Enbridge oilsands pipeline infuriated by "radical" label

Many of the groups opposing Northern Gateway aren’t led by stereotypical environmentalists—but some say the polarized debate is leading to “infuriating” assumptions and labeling.

Enbridge Northern Gateway protest
Community members carry salmon signs at a rally in Smithers, BC | Photo courtesy of Pat Moss

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A sign of desperation

These must be desperate times for Enbridge. The majority of British Colombians DO NOT WANT their precious (and doomed to failure, IMHO) pipeline project. I'm sure using this label will help to convince PM Harper to mobilize the Canadian Armed Forces when they try to push this through, with the help of Harper declaring PNG and TME 'in the national interest'. I predict thousands of British Colombians will spontaneously march in the streets in protest.