Kelowna ‘People’s Summit’ to oppose pipeline draws a crowd

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Author: Alistair Waters

Local opponents to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline came out in force Saturday night, filling a local church to hear five prominent speakers denounce the project, as well as blast the federal and provincial governments for they have handled the issue.

About 400 people packed into First United Church to hear Green Party leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May, provincial NDP environment critic and Victoria-Swan Lake MLA Rob Fleming, filmmaker and environmental journalist Damien Gillis and Grand Chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and his wife, aboriginal activist Joan Phillip speak.

May, who made history in 2011 when she was elected as the first Green Party MP in Canada, said the federal Conservatives have “skewed” our economy by putting all the countries resources into fossil fuel expansion.

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