Burnaby South MP and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is getting ripped online by one of his former candidates over the issue of LNG and the Wet’suwet’en.
Former candidate and longtime Burnaby MP Svend Robinson took a verbal swing at Singh this morning on Twitter.
“Deeply disappointed in @theJagmeetSingh’s statement on the BC LNG project and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs,” Robinson tweeted. “’So in terms of Indigenous sovereignty there is a very clear voice that people want the project…’ This does not respect UNDRIP or SCC decision in Delgamuukw.”
Robinson also tweeted this: “As NDP Leader and Critic on Crown-Indigenous Relations we look to you for respect for the leadership of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on their unceded land. Oppose fracked LNG gas pipeline and federal subsidies to this project which ignores #ClimateEmergency.”
1/2 Deeply disappointed in @theJagmeetSingh 's statement on the BC LNG project and Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs. “So in terms of Indigenous sovereignty there is a very clear voice that people want the project...". This does not respect UNDRIP or SCC decision in Delgamuukw. https://t.co/ftZ6Mo6unk— Svend Robinson (@Svend4MP) January 23, 2020
This isn’t the first time Robinson has criticized Singh over LNG as he tweeted criticism when the party lost the federal byelection in Nanaimo-Ladysmith – a riding the NDP held until former-MP Sheila Malcolmson stepped aside to run in a provincial byelection.
“Nanaimo by-election is wake up call to Federal NDP. Apology owed to @paulmanlyfor shameful treatment in 2015. And we must as party take clear stand opposing fracking and all new oil and gas infrastructure incl LNG, and Site C, champion UNDRIP + Pact for Green New Deal.”
Singh has received criticism before for appearing to waffle about if he supported LNG projects, including looking evasive during a TV interview in May 2019. You can read more about that interview here.