Industry minister speaks out against anti-pipeline threats

James Moore talks to reporters at the Conservative Convention at the BMO centre on stampede park in...

James Moore talks to reporters at the Conservative Convention at the BMO centre on stampede park in downtown Calgary, Alta., in Calgary, Alta. on Saturday November 2, 2013. Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:15 PM ET

OTTAWA — Another federal minister has jumped into the fray following a report this week about possible eco-extremist violence to stop any future construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline project in B.C.

"I think certainly those who speculate or engage in really aggressive kinds of protests that is not just about sharing their opinion, but denying other people the ability to express their opinion, is not something that I think people welcome," Industry Minister James Moore said Friday in Vancouver.

His comments come a day after Justice Minister Peter MacKay warned activists they risk criminal charges if they go too far.

Concerns bubbled up this week following a Georgia Straight newspaper report.

In it, B.C.-based activist Ambrose Williams appeared to suggest property destruction would be alright for a "just cause" like stopping a pipeline, while fellow activist Shannon Hecker spoke of "war" to defend Mother Nature.


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