Jun 04, 2018
Expressing outrage at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement last week that his government will purchase Kinder Morgan's climate-killing Trans Mountain pipeline with $4.5 billion in taxpayer money, demonstrators took to the streets at over 100 locations across Canada on Monday in a grassroots effort to stop the Kinder Morgan "buyout."
"This could cost $15 to $20 billion all told," Andrea Harden-Donahue, energy and climate justice campaigner at Council of Canadians, said of the pipeline project in a speech outside of the Ottawa office of Liberal MP Catherine McKenna.
"That is money that could solve the drinking water crisis in Canada on First Nations reserves," Donahue added. "That is money that could halve tuition fees across the country. Think about the affordable housing that we could achieve with that money. Think about...green jobs that we could build, reduce people's heating bills, reduce climate emissions. That is where this money should be going."
As Common Dreamsreported, environmentalists and Indigenous rights groups were quick to condemn Trudeau's decision to rescue the faltering pipeline expansion project, which had been forced to halt major construction operations in April in the face of fierce grassroots opposition and legal challenges.
Denouncing the pipeline project as a significant threat to Indigenous land, the public water supply, and the climate, demonstrators demanded that Trudeau and members of parliament scrap the planned buyout and invest the billions set aside for a dirty energy pipeline in a green future.
"Let's not subsidize our own extinction," read one sign raised outside an office of Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday.
\u201c.@Bill_Morneau is using tax dollars to threaten the B.C. coast with oil tanker expansion. Voters in his riding say "no!" \n\nDemonstrations planned for 100+ MP offices across Canada today to #StoptheKMbuyout. https://t.co/rLvcxTYcIa #cdnpoli #stopkm \ud83d\udcf7: @sindark\u201d— Dogwood (@Dogwood) 1528134240
\u201cIf @JustinTrudeau wants to buy the #KinderMorgan pipeline, he may as well erase Canada\u2019s signature on the Paris Climate Agreement https://t.co/CWddMqOqm3 #stopthekmbailout \n#ifihad4billiondollars\n#stopkm\u201d— Greenpeace Canada (@Greenpeace Canada) 1528141619
\u201c.@pgoldsmithjones Your constituents oppose the reckless Kinder Morgan buyout. Time to cancel it. #StopKM #StoptheKMbuyout #IfIhad4billiondollars #stomKMbuyout\u201d— Leadnow (@Leadnow) 1528135336
\u201cIn @AndyFillmoreHFX office letting him know we say #StopTheKMBuyout #stopkm #nspoli\u201d— CFS-NS (@CFS-NS) 1528132300
\u201c#DalhousieU's Black, Indigenous & People of Colour Caucus looking fierce at @AndyFillmoreHFX's office. \n\nBlack, brown and Indigenous women are the true leaders in the fight for the climate. #stopKMbuyout @bipocus\u201d— 350 Canada (@350 Canada) 1528138152
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