Majority in B.C. want Harper to reject or delay Gateway project

A majority of British Columbians want Canadian PM Harper to reject or delay Enbridge’s (ENB -0.8%) Northern Gateway pipeline amid concern the project could lead to oil spills, according to a Bloomberg poll.

With two weeks to go before the deadline for a government decision on Gateway, the poll seems to show that environmentalists and aboriginal groups have more credibility on the project than ENB and the Harper government.

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  • Drew Robertson
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    Anyone has "more credibility.............. ....the Harper government."
    4 Jun 2014, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    It sure is strange that a poll supposedly says the majority are against it when almost everyone I know says they are in favour of it. Polls are easily skewed because the person designing it can select and phrase questions to get the answer he/she wants. Also it is easy for skilled people to write an article to describe any given result the writer wants to imply. When a movement has to bring in and pay celebrity nuts who obviously have no knowledge of a subject to try making their cause you know their movement is suspect. Desmond Tutu is the latest one they have hired. How can anyone put any faith in a man who represents a nation that carries the burden of human suffering and guilt that the South African nations carry? Just look at the diamond mines.


    About the best we can hope for is common sense to prevail.
    4 Jun 2014, 12:28 PM Reply Like
  • alkotwo
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    Let's see if Harper has the guts to let the pipeline go forward.
    4 Jun 2014, 12:54 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    If the public says they don't want then they just don't want it. In Canada, they get to vote.
    4 Jun 2014, 02:16 PM Reply Like
  • freeny
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    It's not just that many people in BC are against the pipeline (which they are), but so far virtually all the First Nations along the pipeline route and along the coast where the tankers will sail from Kitimat down Douglas Channel are opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Even if the Canadian government approves it, which it almost certainly will, First Nations likely will tie it up in the Canadian courts for years. The First Nations are usually favored by the Canadian courts when it come to land use within their territories.
    4 Jun 2014, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    freeny, I think if you check into it you will find that at least 26 Aboriginal groups along the right of way have signed onto the agreement for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. I believe the main Aboriginal groups opposing it are those outside the right of way and some of the coastal bands who are worried about tanker traffic. The native bands through whose land the pipeline will pass will receive the benefit of a 10% equity in the project. I suspect those outside the corridor would like the same financial benefit. Maybe that has some bearing on their negativity?
    5 Jun 2014, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • dgwine
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    lorneb---it is very illogical to blame a Black person like Desmond Tutu for the guilt of the South African nation in regard to their treatment of the native population--when those were all black....especially someone like the Bishop who has fought apartheid all of his mature life.
    4 Jun 2014, 10:39 PM Reply Like
  • lorneb
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    dgwine ----there is some truth in what you say, however does it not seem to you that he should dwell on discussing and solving the problems in his own back yard for which he may be qualified rather than get involved in something that he is not at all qualified in?. And besides that----- I couldn't care less what colour his skin is. To bring that into this discussion is improper and unwarranted.
    5 Jun 2014, 12:31 AM Reply Like
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