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Enbridge Northern Gateway recommendation "toxic" for Conservatives: Cullen

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Video of MP Nathan Cullen's presentation at Enbridge Northern Gateway JRP hearings in Prince Rupert in February 2012.

"This is toxic for the Conservative government," NDP House Leader and Skeena-Bulkley Vallley MP Nathan Cullen said, in response to the Joint Review Panel's report recommending the approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. "It puts them in opposition to 71 First Nations, the BC union of municipalities, and the vast majority of British Columbians."

"We have no intention of letting our rivers, our coast and our communities become Enbridge’s next victim. We’ll continue to refuse Mr. Harper’s vision for Canada as a northern petrostate with no respect for its citizens or the environment. The people of northwestern British Columbia believe in a positive economic future for our region and one that doesn’t include sacrificing who we are and where we live."

He said he has been hearing from his constituents in northern BC since the report came out. The pipeline would carry bitumen oil from Alberta through northern BC to a terminal in Kitimat. 

"People are incredibly disappointed but not surprised," he said grimly.

"We've known for a long time that this process was designed to approve the project. What's disappointing is, more than 1,000 people poured their hearts out in the hearings. Another 9,000 wrote overwhelmingly opposed to this and all that seems to have been virtually ignored."

Asked if it was mainly environmentalists against the project, he said, "I was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting the other day and people were just shaking their heads, knowing this was going to hurt what is a good thing we've got up here."
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