Curious where your local candidates stand on pipelines?
BROKE, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, asked all of the Burnaby North-Seymour candidates nine-pipeline related questions, and the responses are varied.
Green candidate Lynne Quarmby, who was arrested protesting the Kinder Morgan expansion, not surprisingly is against the project and wants a more transparent NEB process with oral hearings reinstated.
Carol Baird Ellan, a former judge and NDP newcomer, echoed party leader Thomas Mulcair’s position, which is focusing on the assessment process rather than picking sides for or against Kinder Morgan. According to Baird Ellan, the process is “so undermined” that the project can’t proceed, which is why the NDP would bring in a new review process. She also said concerns over the assessment process were one of the main reasons she got involved in politics in the first place.
Liberal candidate Terry Beech said he supports getting resources to market but not necessarily with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline “as it’s been proposed.”
Instead, he said the Liberals will revise the NEB process “to ensure it is fair, objective and based on science.”
Answers from Tory candidate Mike Little were not on the website, and he won't be at the BROKE all-candidates meeting Tuesday night.
To see the full responses, go to http://brokepipelinewatch.ca.
All-candidates debate for Burnaby North-Seymour
The B.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the Dogwood Initiative are teaming up to host an all-candidates meeting at SFU on Monday, Sept. 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. for Burnaby North-Seymour hopefuls. So far, three candidates have confirmed: Liberal Terry Beech, New Democrat Carol Baird Ellan and Green Lynne Quarmby. (Organizers are still waiting on a yes from Tory Mike Little.)
Academics Mark Jaccard, world renowned expert on climate change, and UBC’s Sally Aitken and George Hoberg will be leading the discussions, which will cover a range of topics, including the economy and climate change. Members of the public will have a chance to ask the candidates questions at the event and remotely via social media. To follow the conversation, check out the Dogwood Initiative’s Twitter stream during the event. The meeting is in SFU’s Saywell Hall, room 10041, at 8888 University Dr.
More campaign offices now open
Last but not least, Burnaby South NDP candidate Kennedy Stewart has opened his campaign office. Stewart, the recent MP for the now defunct riding of Burnaby Douglas, has set up shop at 7643 Royal Oak Ave. Chloe Ellis, the Tory candidate for New Westminster-Burnaby is at 7850 Edmonds St.