MP RACHEL BLANEY REACTS TO COURT DECISION ON TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION
August 31st, 2018 - 8:48am
Thursday, the NDP and North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney welcomed the unanimous Federal Court of Appeal decision that shows the Liberal government failed to adequately consult First Nations and Indigenous communities, and used a severely flawed environmental assessment process when it approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
"During the last election Trudeau promised a new review process and a commitment to working with Indigenous communities in a meaningful way. Today’s decision shows that neither promise was fulfilled," said MP Blaney.
From the beginning, it was clear that the Liberals completely failed to consider what this pipeline expansion project could mean for B.C.’s coastal communities, from marine life to tourism to jobs dependant on a healthy coast.
"It’s time for the Liberal government to stop fighting with First Nations communities in the courts. The government must stop dismissing the very real danger this project poses for our environment," said NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh. "Expansion cannot go ahead, and the government must live up to its promise to work with Indigenous communities. It’s time for the government to invest in clean energy jobs and build an economy for the future."