Brentwood Bay, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party Candidate for Saanich North and the Islands, expressed his deep disappointment with the Federal Government’s decision to proceed with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project today.
“This decision is based on a regulatory process that is fundamentally flawed,” said Olsen. “The Liberals promised real change, they promised to restore confidence in the system and in moving this project forward without fixing the regulatory process, as they promised, they have failed British Columbians.”
Olsen participated alongside Andrew Weaver and Elizabeth May as an intervenor in the National Energy Board hearings arguing against the proposed pipeline expansion.
“My focus as an intervenor in the National Energy Board hearings was on Aboriginal Rights, Douglas Treaty Rights and protection of the Salish Sea,” said Olsen. “I expressed strong opposition to the proposal and heard First Nation communities all along the pipeline route express opposition to this project.”
Earlier this year the Federal Government endorsed the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People which includes ensuring free, prior, and informed consent. Trudeau has also repeatedly emphasized the need for a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
“It is deeply frustrating that Mr. Trudeau’s government is ignoring the landmark Tsilhqot’in decision from 2014 and that he continues down the road of denial that the governments before him paved,” said Olsen. “Instead of following through with his promises, our Prime Minister is following in the footsteps of his predecessor.”