Citizens across B.C. went to their local MLA offices on Wednesday to protest pipelines on B.C.’s coast.
“I don’t think I’ve seen the amount of public support that’s gone toward fighting this issue in any other issue,” said Jenny Kwan, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant.
Indeed, over 3,000 people gathered at provincial legislature in Victoria on Monday as part of the Defend Our Coast movement.
“The rally yesterday was phenomenal,” said Kwan in a phone interview on Tuesday.
The B.C. NDP have taken an official stance against the Enbridge pipeline project, not only because of its environmental risks, but also because the province so far has not really had a say in the project.
“We want to show the federal government that the public opinion and voice matters a lot,” said Kwan.
Christy Clark kind of handed the reins to Ottawa in this decision, offering the “for the right price” concession. Most people in B.C. don’t think this is good enough, as evidenced by the unfailing battle cry against the project.
“The public needs to write to politicians, ministers, write letters to the editor, phone into radio talk shows … we need to keep the issue on the front burner,” said Kwan.