Vancouver crowd jubilant as “war” declared on Northern Gateway

“It’s official – the war is on!” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillips with a smile, to the cheers of a thousand-plus people. Street dances ensued.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip - Vancouver Rally on Northern Gateway decision day - web

Tuesday night, UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said he declared “war” on Enbridge and the Harper government — but by the looks on his face and those of others, the moment seemed an unusually joyful one.

“It’s official – the war is on!” said a smiling Phillip, followed by thunderous cheers of more than 1,000 gathered outside the CBC building in Vancouver.

Perhaps the smiles were because the release of anticipation was finally over.

For five years plus, opponents to the Northern Gateway pipeline have met, attended rallies, given speeches, appeared at federal hearings, followed the news, and just liked Facebook pages — all the while, not knowing for sure if this toxic bitumen pipeline would be approved.

But Tuesday, the battle lines were made clear.

A no-fan fare press release (with no Harper cabinet ministers appearing on camera) confirmed the federal Conservatives want this $6.5 billion pipeline.  The people gathered, and many British Columbians, do not.

“Today, the Harper government, in its usual thuggish and bullying manner, and its usual cowardly fashion… has declared war on everything that British Columbians hold near and dear to our hearts,” said Philips.

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