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CONTRIBUTION · 29th June 2012
Terrace Daily News
Strong voices bolster caucus determination to stop project

A delegation of Official Opposition MPs led by Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie left the Northwest this morning with even greater determination to stop the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

“Witnessing the JRP hearings in Kitimaat Village and hearing people speak so passionately about their fears of the destruction of our land and sea if this pipeline is allowed to proceed was very powerful for Megan and our team,” said riding MP and House Leader Nathan Cullen.

“They experienced a real roller coaster of emotions – everything from being humbled by the sheer number and diversity of opponents to the project, stunned by the beauty of this place, and disgusted at the schoolyard bullying tactics Mr. Harper and his henchmen continue to use to try to push the pipeline through.”

Cullen said yesterday morning’s boat tour of a portion of the proposed marine route helped MPs put into perspective some of the geographic challenges the huge oil supertankers would face. The group visited the proposed site for the project terminal in the narrow Kitimat Arm of the Douglas Channel and listened to concerns about the perils of the overall route during meetings with citizen groups in Terrace and Kitimat.

Another highlight, Cullen said, was the standing-room only public forum on Enbridge that MPs hosted in Terrace on Tuesday evening.

“Our MPs really appreciated hearing directly from people who are among those that would be most affected by the Enbridge project,” Cullen noted. “We’re here to listen and keep hammering home in Ottawa the overwhelming opposition to this project.”

He said it is important for Stephen Harper and some of his key ministers to visit the area.

"I really wish some of my Conservative colleagues would come out because they're voting on these issues and promoting them all the time but they have no idea what the actual land and water look like. We've all gone out and visited the oil sands. It's time for some Conservatives to visit the coast.”
The NDP MP team, which included Fisheries Critic Fin Donnelly, also met with local governments and citizen groups on their two-day trip to Kitimat, Terrace and the Nass. The tour began Monday with a public forum in Vancouver.