Canada’s Heritage Minister James Moore, who represents a British Columbia riding, has spoken out about Enbridge’s safety record and suggested that the Northern Gateway Pipeline is not a good deal.
Enbridge is still facing the aftermath of a Michigan spill last year and the BC Premier, Christy Clark, spoke out about the risks the province faces if the pipeline is built. The pipeline would wind through BC’s territory and end at the province’s waterfront.
While Stephen Harper’s government still supports the building of the pipeline, Moore appears to be standing with his home province and his constituents. Moore says Enbridge needs to improve its track record before the company should be allowed to do business in BC.
He told radio host Bill Good that Clark had a right to make clear that “just because British Columbia is physically the Asia-Pacific gateway, it doesn’t mean that we’re the doormat for companies like Enbridge.”
The President of Enbridge, Al Monaco, told the Canadian Press that they are proud of the company’s record, but always strive for 100 percent. He said that the company is meeting with British Columbians who are voicing concern about the pipeline and are trying to address those concerns.
Meanwhile, Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, who represents an Alberta riding, suggested that Clark’s comments about the safety risk for BC would be the cooperation between provinces under risk.
Natural Resources Minister famously referred to those trying to block the gateway ‘radicals’ who were trying to prevent Canada from diversifying trade.
In general with this government, Alberta’s interests are national interests, but BC is putting up a fight and James Moore is bringing it to the Cabinet table.
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