Pipeline advocates’ newest weapon: the radical protester – by Gary Mason (Globe and Mail – May 11, 2018)


Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will not be built because of opposition forces on the ground.

I have news for the mayor. If anything, it’s going to be the radical resisters who strengthen growing support for the project and put Premier John Horgan’s NDP government increasingly on the wrong side of the issue.

Mr. Robertson made his prediction in a recent interview with Bloomberg News in New York City. “I don’t think the resistance on the West Coast is going to fade,” the mayor said. “I think it will only intensify. Escalation looks likely.” He then added he doesn’t “think this project will go.“

Well, he is certainly right about opposition growing – but in all the wrong ways. This week, a television news crew visited the site of the main protest encampment on Burnaby Mountain, right near what would be the terminus of the pipeline expansion. Those who have taken over the site appear not to be a friendly group.

They threatened reporters with violence and called them racists. They told them to keep their cameras away. Equally as disturbing was the camp itself.

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