Anti-Enbridge Rally Hits NCLGA Convention

May 16, 2011, 250 News (Read article on originating site site)

Prince Rupert, B.C. – A crowd of about 300 strong converged on Prince Rupert last night to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the tankers it would bring to the North Coast.

First Nations representatives from across the proposed pipeline route joined with concerned citizens and area politicians for a rally in front of Prince Rupert Harbour, not far from where delegates at the North Central Local Government Association were attending a banquet. Gerald Amos, a councillor of the Haisla Nation near Kitimat brought up the issue of civil disobedience if the pipeline project moves forward.

“I made a promise to our youth that if Enbridge gets to the point at which it is bringing in the bulldozers, I will put my body in front of it,” said Gerald Amos. “How many of you will join me?”

Many of those attending the rally were critical of Enbridge sponsorship of the NCLGA convention, accusing the company of trying to buy support for the project from municipal politicians attending the AGM, including Skeena Bulkley Valley M.P. Nathan Cullen of the NDP.

“They can buy all the wine and cheese for municipal councillors they want, but they won’t be able to buy the hearts and minds of the people of the Northwest,” Cullen told the crowd. “Say no to Enbridge, and say yes to a future that is our future.”

The Prince Rupert protest comes on the heels of a rally at the Enbridge AGM held in Calgary this week.