B.C. Premier 'Playing Price is Right' With Pipeline

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark fields a question at the closing news conference of the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax on Friday, July 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark fields a question at the closing news conference of the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax on Friday, July 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is playing The Price is Right over the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, but the land that the project would traverse will never be for sale at any price, a First Nations' leader says.

Terry Teegee, Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, made the comment Friday in response to the provincial government’s announcement earlier this week that there are five conditions that must be satisfied before the pipeline could be approved, including one that calls for B.C. to receive a bigger share of the resource revenue.

“It is absolutely unacceptable for our premier to play a game of The Price is Right while putting our lands, our waters and our futures at risk to devastating oil spills,” Teegee said in a release.

“The premier is putting on a show because she's under political pressure and needs votes, but her actions have very real consequences for us here on the land. This is our lives, the well-being of our families that she is playing with. We won't let her sell our lands out from under us."

In the release Friday, other First Nations leaders also spoke out against the premier’s tactics on the $6-billion pipeline project that would be built by Enbridge Inc. The pipeline would carry crude oil from the northern Alberta oil sands across more than 500 kilometres of northern B.C. to the coastal city of Kitimat.

"You can't put a price tag on our future. The premier's sales job shows how little she has listened to us. It should be very clear to her by now that this pipeline will not be built,” said Chief Martin Louie.

“It is against our own laws for this project to proceed and our Rights and Title can't be sold.”

Earlier Friday, Clark told a Halifax meeting of the country’ premiers that B.C. would Boycott attempt to forge a national energy strategy that the other premiers agreed had to work on until the province’s conditions for the Northern Gateway are met.

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