BC. Prime Minister John Horgan says the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline will be built even with the opposition of the hereditary bosses and protesters of Wet’suwet’en along the route of the pipeline.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since tensions erupted in northern B.C., Horgan said communities must comply with a BC ruling. Supreme Court that gives CGL the right to complete the project.
“The rule of law applies in British Columbia,” said Horgan.
“All permits are valid for the project and the project will continue.”
The Wet’suwet’en has submitted an eviction notice to CGL asking them to leave the land. Hereditary chiefs have insisted that they will respect Wet’suwet’en law.
WATCH (issued on January 8): rising tensions in northern B.C. about pipeline project
Growing tensions in northern B.C. about pipeline project
Community members and protesters continue to occupy Unist’ot’s home in an attempt to keep workers off the ground.
“They are the owners of these lands, so until they grant express consent or permission, we will not allow intruders to return to the territory,” said Karla Tait, a member of the Unist’ot’en house, last week.
But the B.C. The government says 20 indigenous communities have supported the project along the route, including the elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs.
WATCH (issued on January 11): show of support for Wet’suwet’en protesters in downtown Vancouver
Show of support for Wet’suwet’en protesters in downtown Vancouver
When asked if Horgan believes hereditary bosses have the power to stop the project, he says he doesn’t believe it.
“I don’t think they do it and the most important thing is that the courts don’t either,” Horgan said. “In this case, the courts have determined that this project can continue and will continue.
“We want to see British Colombians sharing the wealth of our great province. We want to see everyone prosper. We want to see a protected environment for future generations. “
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also asked about the ongoing tensions near Houston, B.C. in an interview with the Global National presenter Dawna Friesen on Monday. Trudeau says he wants the dispute to be dealt with by the B.C. government.
“It is being served by the provincial government, but obviously we all have a role to play and the way forward in reconciliation,” Trudeau said.
“I think that at the moment it is a commitment of the provincial government with them what is happening as appropriate. It is a provincial project and provincial processes. But, of course, the federal government will continue to participate. “
Trudeau was also asked about who the opinion should be heard from: hereditary chiefs or elected chiefs. Trudeau says it is not a simple answer.
“When you have an elected band council that has signed agreements with various entities, corporations and governments, that has some weight,” said Trudeau.
“But there must be a reflection on who speaks completely, or who speaks in part, for different parts of the community. And that is part of the process that we are working together as it should be, but with them leading in this. “
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