Conservative candidate bucks party’s position on Enbridge

Skeena BC Conservative candidate Mike Brousseau is no fan of Enbridge

ENBRIDGE shouldn’t be allowed to build its Northern Gateway oil pipeline from Alberta to a planned marine export terminal at Kitimat, says Skeena BC Conservative candidate Mike Brousseau.

“Integrity for me with Gateway just doesn’t add up,” said Brousseau of the $5.5 billion project now in the final stages of a federal environmental review.

Brousseau, who was born in Michigan, still has relatives living in the Kalamazoo area where an Enbridge pipeline broke in 2010.

Company officials weren’t aware of the leak for hours, resulting in significant spillage into the Kalamazoo River.

“There’s been a cover-up,” said Brousseau of work done there to clean up the spill.

“Do you think I want that happening here? No way, Jose.”

Brousseau termed Enbridge a “globalist” company concerned only with profits and not communities or the environment.

“It doesn’t work top down. It needs to work bottom up,” said Brousseau of how decisions should be made and how companies should do business.

“From the top down, people are oppressed. People aren’t represented at a global level.”

And although Brousseau’s position is opposite to that of the BC Conservative party, which is in support of Northern Gateway, that’s fine by him.

“I can go against the party if I wish,” says Brousseau. “He supports me in doing that,” Brousseau added of party leader John Cummins.

“This is not a party like the NDP or the Liberals with a whip system,” Brousseau said of the term used in politics whereby party discipline is enforced.

“I get my advice from the people. I am the people’s candidate.”

Brousseau said his position might change, as long as people also approved, of a pipeline construction plan that included the highest level of environmental protection and monitoring.

“And if companies want to move oil out from Alberta, they’d have to pay the cost if anything happens, like a bond system.

“But only if the people of the community want it. And I would want at least 60 per cent in favour, not just a majority, but a clear majority.”

Brousseau says that may be a tall order because  he’s hearing from people that Enbridge isn’t liked.

And he’s looking forward to speaking to David Black about the plan by his Kitimat Clean company to build an oil refinery and, if necessary an oil pipeline.

A solid pipeline plan from Kitimat Clean might be more easily accepted, said Brousseau.

 

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