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CONTRIBUTION · 8th December 2011
The Tyee dot ca
Prime Minister Harper is right that the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, which would take tar sands oil from Alberta to Kitimat, is a "no brainer", he said. "I agree with him, but in the opposite way. You'd have to have no brains to approve this thing."

It's "a real shame" Harper has been saying the pipeline will be approved, even though the hearings on it are yet to happen, he said.

Last year Cullen introduced a motion, which passed, to ban tanker traffic on the province's north and central coasts. "This fight is personal for me obviously," he said. "This is a fight we're going to win."

The senate, where B.C. is horribly under represented, should be abolished, not reformed, he said. The recent proposal to raise the province's number of seats in the House of Commons - along with Alberta, Ontario and Quebec's - is "most of the way there," he said.

He's critical of Harper's abandonment of housing and enthusiasm on crime: "Building dozens of prisons is not an affordable housing strategy, despite what the prime minister thinks."

He supports treating first nations more fairly. "By every measure we can find, the Indian Act and the way we've gone about governing first nations has failed," he said. The government trails many companies that understand the reality of aboriginal rights and title, he said.

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