“The North Coast Municipal Association has injured its credibility by permitting the host City of Kitimat to accept on its behalf what can only be called a $25,000 bribe from the consortium of American-controlled companies making up the Kitimat Pipe Ltd.”
Queen Charlotte Regional District Director 1977 press release.
History is indeed repeating itself today and apparently only one municipal leader has stood up to say ‘No, we won’t be a part of this’.
In a letter released last week, Old Massett Village issued a direct challenge to the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) who are holding their annual gathering in Prince Rupert next week, stating they will not attend.
“It was with dismay […] we learnt that one of the conferences’ Platinum Sponsors is Enbridge, especially since the UBCM’s motions B139 & 140 were fully endorsed by the municipalities.” wrote Chief Councilor John Jones in his letter to Mayor Bernier, Mayor of Dawson Creek and current President of the NCLGA.
“As part of the Haida Nation and fighting to save the integrity of our coast line with the large economy and employment that depend on it, I cannot allow our council’s representative to attend your conference. Taking money and support from Enbridge sends entirely the wrong message in our minds.” added Chief Councilor Jones, concluding with, “ Therefore it is with regret that we will not be part of this year’s NCLGA convention in Prince Rupert.”
On May 13, 1977, exactly 34 years to the day, the same gathering of Municipal leaders accepted $25,000 from the promoters of a pipeline project similar to today’s Northern Gateway proposal. It was this acceptance that prompted the news release from the Queen Charlotte Regional District Director stating, “The North Coast Municipal Association has injured its credibility by permitting the host City of Kitimat to accept on its behalf what can only be called a $25,000 bribe from the consortium of American-controlled companies making up the Kitimat Pipe Ltd.”
This money, accepted by the District of Kitimat, went towards an excursion onboard an Alaskan Cruise Ship, the Princess Patricia, up Douglas Channel on the route planned for the oil tankers. It concluded with the captain of the vessel increasing the speed as they approached protest vessels in the channel, running over and sinking one boat.
On Friday, May 13, exactly 34 years to the day, the same group of municipal leaders, accepting another oil company bribe, will be confronted with protesters again. On May 12th the protests will begin with a flotilla in the harbour in front of Chances Casino and land based protestors gathering at Mariners Park beginning at 7 pm.Read a commentary on the 1977 incident HERERead More HERE