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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Corporate canvassers

Manny Arruda Enbridge full page ads in The Northern Connector

Manny Arruda holding a newspaper with a full-page "vote yes" Enbridge advertisement.

Resident Manny Arruda spotted a pair of Enbridge canvassers walking up to his home on Friday.  But after feeling "inundated" with Enbridge ads and phone calls recently, the industrial safety supervisor decided to turn the tables.  Arruda had his friend ready a camera to take photos of the canvassers. 

Bothersome for Arruda, the canvassers already knew his name.  

"I was just kind of taken aback that they knew [who I was.]"

"They are infiltrating [my] life – they’re on the TV, radio, Internet, phoning you, and now just showing up at your door."

“I know they’ve been phoning everyone.  So to me, that tells me that the numbers are not there for them, and they’ve got to go and blitz it.”

Arruda said similar industrial projects, for Liquid Natural Gas proposals, did not create such a communications stir.

"If you’re that good of a corporate citizen, you should not have to inundate and brain wash us."

Arruda said the company's promise of 60 odd Kitimat jobs does not substantiate the decades of oil spill risks at land and sea.

The two canvassers spotted the photos being taken of them, and promptly left.

Other company staff hitting the pavement is the smiling, coastal Aboriginal and Community Relations officer, Donny van Dyk, as well as "big guns" such as Enbridge's manager of engineering, Ray Doering, and Colin Kingsley, the former mayor Prince George and a known project promoter.Donny van Dyk Enbridge coastal Aboriginal and Community Relations officer

Temporary workers not eligible to vote

At a Kitimat council meeting Monday night, citizens complained about the District's burgeoning temporary workers being allowed to vote on a pipeline that would exist, long after they left the community.  The fear was, their huge numbers could affect the plebiscite's outcome.

“The construction camp for Rio Tinto Alcan is easily more than 1,000 workers.  It’s within the District of Kitimat.  Are there are going to be bus loads of people coming from a construction camp to influence what’s going to happen here for generations to come?" asked Minchin.

"It’s a scary prospect.” 

Kitimat Deputy Clerk, Shirley Boudreault, clarified Wednesday that temporary work camp employees will not be permitted to use the camp as residency to qualify to vote.  They will not be eligible.  

Enbridge is advertising two Public Open Houses at the Kitimat Rod & Gun Club on April 1 and 8 for citizens to learn more about the project.  

A spokesperson for the club said the meeting is a "private affair" and they have nothing to do with it.

Enbridge voter information card Kitimat plebiscite


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