Opposition uses fear to try to kill pipeline

Thomas Mulcair. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Thomas Mulcair. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

OTTAWA — New Democrats and Liberals fished for votes in British Columbia on Wednesday, warning of the potential consequences of an oil spill if the Northern Gateway pipeline is allowed to proceed.

Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau trashed the project and rejected the findings of two agencies after 18 months of public consultations.

The NDP leader and his Liberal counterpart are in lockstep against the Enbridge proposal, which has to meet 209 conditions set by the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency before ground can be broken.

The Conservative government set more conditions Tuesday when it approved the 1,177-km pipeline, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark has five conditions of her own.

Mulcair said British Columbians are united in opposition, but polls show that to be false. Many First Nations and residents are on board.


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