Independent Vancouver mayoral candidate says NPA pro-pipeline stance puts our coast and economy at risk
Vancouver - Today, independent mayoral candidate Kennedy Stewart vowed to use all available resources to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, including taking the federal government to the Supreme Court of Canada. Stewart is making the commitment as Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal caucus gathered in Nanaimo, struggling to defend their purchase of the failing pipeline.
“If elected mayor, I will use every resource at my discretion to stop the federal government from building this new pipeline, including taking them all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada,” said Stewart. “Bringing thousands of tankers full of raw bitumen to our shores is a huge risk for our coast, our city and our economy."
Stewart, who was arrested for civil disobedience earlier this year, said he would use city resources to support the legal efforts of environmental groups and First Nations. He said he would also launch new city-initiated cases, including to recover costs from the 2015 MV Marathassa spill in English Bay for which the city has yet to be compensated.
“If the federal government can’t recover the costs of a relatively minor spill, what hope does our city have when a supertanker spill occurs?" said Stewart. “We need only look at what is happening to our dying killer whale population to know what’s at stake with this pipeline.”
Stewart called on the Prime Minister to follow through on his 2015 election promises about the pipeline. “Prime Minister Trudeau promised to put in tough new environmental standards, respect First Nations’ rights, and send Kinder Morgan back to the drawing board. Instead, he is using taxpayers’ money to buy this failing project and is sending grandmothers to jail. This pipeline must be stopped.”
Stewart also called on Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate Ken Sim and the NPA’s council candidates to stop supporting the pipeline and join him in opposing the project.
“The NPA is on record supporting the Kinder Morgan pipeline,” said Stewart. “Ken Sim needs to join the vast majority of Vancouverites who oppose this project and help us stop Kinder Morgan.”