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Canada Trudeau to meet Indigenous pipeline supporters

14:15  05 june  2018
14:15  05 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Justin Trudeau’s $4.5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline purchase met with a storm of criticism

  Justin Trudeau’s $4.5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline purchase met with a storm of criticism Justin Trudeau’s $4.5 billion Trans Mountain pipeline purchase met with a storm of criticismOTTAWA—The Liberal government’s $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline purchase was met with swift criticism Tuesday, as environmental groups and Indigenous leaders vowed to keep protesting the controversial expansion project and opposition politicians slammed the move.

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Trudeau has also come under fire by environmental activists for approving two major pipelines : Kinder Morgan’s billion Trans Mountain pipeline and the .5 billion Enbridge Line 3 pipeline . We speak to Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer and writer on environmental justice and indigenous rights.

a man standing in front of a building© Provided by thecanadianpress.com ROSEDALE, B.C. - The prime minister is expected to meet with Indigenous leaders in British Columbia today, including a First Nations chief who has been a vocal supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Justin Trudeau will be in the Fraser Valley where he'll speak with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group that monitors existing pipelines and the construction of the Trans Mountain's expansion project.

The group includes Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey, who has said the expansion project will benefit his community, located near Chilliwack, B.C.

Activist expects unprecedented pipeline protests

  Activist expects unprecedented pipeline protests VANCOUVER - Outrage over the federal government's announcement about buying the Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure it gets built could fuel unprecedented protests, says a prominent environmentalist who was at the forefront of British Columbia's so-called War in the Woods in the 1990s. Tzeporah Berman said the fight against the pipeline expansion is even bigger than those over logging in Clayoquot Sound. Canadians are angry the government is shelling out $4.

The warnings from Quebec come on the eve of a special meeting convened by Trudeau on Sunday in Ottawa with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who supports the Trans Mountain project, and B.C. Premier John Horgan, who is opposed to the pipeline . Trudeau criticized for not inviting Indigenous

Trudeau 's visit also met with energy industry and local Indigenous leaders. A handful of pro-oilsands demonstrators held signs reading "Canada produces fair trade oil" and " support our people, support our pipeline ."

Last week, Crey told media outlets that his First Nation would consider buying a stake in the pipeline, depending on the circumstances and what's involved.

His comments followed the federal government's announcement that it will spend $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan to ensure the expansion goes ahead.

A federal government source says more Indigenous groups support the Trans Mountain's expansion project than oppose it, and there's more of an opportunity for them to participate in the economic benefits of the project now that it will be owned by the government rather than a private company.

The source added "it's possible" that the government would backstop Indigenous groups to enable them to buy a stake in the pipeline or they could also be included in any market-driven offer to purchase it.

Trans Mountain protesters decry 'Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline' in Burnaby, B.C.

  Trans Mountain protesters decry 'Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline' in Burnaby, B.C. Trans Mountain protesters in Burnaby have dubbed it the "Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline" in response to the federal government's decision to buy the project. Protesters there say they are now calling the project the "Justin Trudeau memorial pipeline.

Trudeau approved two pipelines Tuesday, but the Conservative focus is on the fact he also scuttled the Northern Gateway project (which the Federal Court had already ruled against because the Harper government failed to meet its constitutional obligation to consult with Indigenous communities).

“Despite all this insanity that Justin Trudeau is speaking, the answer is still no, we will never allow a pipeline to come through British Columbia and harm our Inlet,” said Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta’ah Amy George. Indigenous leaders and supporters will meet at Kwekwecnewtxw – the Watch House

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in Calgary last week that many parties have expressed interest in investing in the project, including Indigenous groups.

"We're not seeking to make a profit. We're seeking the ensure the project gets done, but we will always try and make sure the project presents a fair situation for Canadians,'' he said.

Several First Nations remain staunchly opposed the $7.4-billion expansion project, which would triple capacity of the pipeline running between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.

Some Indigenous groups have launched legal challenges against the project, arguing Ottawa did not adequately consult First Nations communities before it was approved, violating their rights.

Trudeau is also scheduled to be in Edmonton later today, where he'll visit a Kinder Morgan terminal.

— With files from Joan Bryden in Ottawa.

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