Government Minister Speaks Out Against Northern Gateway Pipeline

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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John McDonald
John McDonald5 years ago

Finally, someone willing to put the enviornment ahead of profits. Minister Moore you ROCK!

Elaine B.
Elaine Bauer5 years ago

So elated that someone in "My Home and Native Land" is pursuing Truth. Development, and energy independence, must be in accordance with survival of what's left of our environment.

Linda Rust
Past Member 5 years ago

Kudos to Mr. Moore for going 'against the flow', of political status quo thinking when it comes to protecting the environment! Any hesitation, any delay, makes this whole 'disaster waiting to happen' less likely to begin. Wish some of the politicians on our side of the border had the guts to stand up to the corporate profiteers! We need to hold them accountable for their stand on this issue. It's election time, after all. The stand they take on environmental issues is one of the key determining factors on where I place my vote!

Carl O.
Carl O5 years ago

Enbridge does not have a safety record. Enbridge has a malfeasance and incompetence record. Minister James Moore is understating the problem. The Northern Gateway Pipeline is a very very bad deal.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

OKAY MR. MOORE, more of you please!

Liz Edwards
Joan Edwards5 years ago

Bryan B. Go bak to skool an learn yerself how to spel. And while at school take a geography course; particularly of the BC terrain and coastal waters.
Tell me how come the people of Cordova Alaska still can't fish after more than twenty years because of the Exxon Valdez accident.

Sure it would be nice to have the income from the pipelines. But at what cost? We can't eat oil. We can't eat bitumen. When our forests and rivers and fields and oceans are dead what are we going to eat?

It's not IF. It's WHEN an accident will happen in our province regarding the pipeline carrying crude across the most treacherous terrain and volatile waters in Canada that rank up there with other ocean maelstroms across the world. Enbridge has a terrible track record. Spills are becoming a norm. And clean-up is not good enough. They leave a lot behind in things such as "dispersants" which in themselves are dangerous to the environment.

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS, HARPER. Well, scratch that.. your mouth is already busy, spewing trash and bull crap.

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W5 years ago

Just read something that makes the old adage "Follow the Money" ring like a bell.
The parent company of the Atalissa tar sands is CHINA!!
Apparently, they are becoming chagrined at all the pollution they've thrown onto their own people, so now, since Canada and the U.S. owe them money, they're insisting that we trash our own countries and poison our own people.

Elsa G.
Else G5 years ago

I live on this coast and I say NO. NO PIPELINE. No amount om money is worth the risk of what a spill will do to our so far relatively un polluted environment.
Bryan B. Get your head out of your ass. When has an oil spill ever been easy to clean up.

Deborah F.
Deborah F5 years ago

I do hope that they do the right thing for the environment.

Rose Balcom
Rose Balcom5 years ago

The Conservatives are only after the bucks the proposed pipeline could bring in and ignore the potential environmental consequences of an oil disaster on the beautiful west coast!