Mayor Gregor Robertson will be in Ottawa next week to meet with key federal government decision makers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, who in December will approve or reject Kinder Morgan’s expanded pipeline proposal. Mayor Robertson will be joined by Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation, and Councillor Howard Grant on behalf of the Musqueam Nation.
“The risk of a devastating oil spill with the 600% increase in oil tanker traffic from an expanded Kinder Morgan pipeline is simply not worth the risk to Vancouver,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “There is overwhelming opposition to this project from residents, local First Nations and Metro Vancouver communities. As Mayor, I will advocate forcefully to the Prime Minister and federal government to say a definitive ‘NO’ to this project.”
This will be the first official joint visit to Ottawa between the City of Vancouver and the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish & Musqueam Nations. The visit will include meetings with Cabinet Ministers responsible for making the final decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline, expected this December.
The federal government has appointed a three member Ministerial panel tasked with undertaking additional consultation, particularly with First Nations, along the Kinder Morgan pipeline route. The panel will report back to Cabinet with its feedback by November 1st, and their recommendations will form the basis of the federal government’s decision to approve or reject the pipeline expansion in December.
“I appreciate the federal government’s commitment to additional consultation, particularly with First Nations, on the Kinder Morgan pipeline through the Ministerial panel,” continues Mayor Robertson. “The National Energy Board process was deeply flawed and many intervenors and voices were shut out of the process; I trust the Ministerial panel will do its due diligence in bringing communities back to the table who should have had their voices heard by the National Energy Board in the first place, and I’m confident that after the panel’s consultation, they will hear loud and clear that there is no business, environmental or social case for this pipeline to be approved.”