Conservative Sun TV broadcaster Ezra Levant showed up at an anti-pipeline rally in Vancouver over the weekend, and predictably stirred things up with protesters.

The "No Enbridge" rally attracted more than 1,000 people to Vancouver's Sunset Beach on Saturday afternoon. Most of the crowd voiced opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry crude oil from the Alberta oilsands to a port in Kitimat, B.C. so it can be shipped overseas.

Outspoken Levant waded into the crowd with his microphone and cameraman to ask questions, but that quickly turned into heated debate, according to the Vancouver Observer.

In an exchange posted on YouTube, the Sun News Network host calls some rally attendees "hypocrites" because they "don't care" about China as the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.

One man answers back to Levant: "If you’re pro-mining, you’re pro carbon, you're pro-all this, and you think that’s better than having a clean environment, that everybody who doesn’t think a clean environment isn’t important should stop breathing air."

“I just think you’re a bunch of morally preening, self-righteous, luxurious, rich white kids,” replies Levant.

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  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Donna Morgan holds a stuffed polar bear painted black to simulate oil during a protest against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver on May 10, 2014.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Tsleil-Waututh Elder Amy George (right) speaks to the crowd.

  • Joan Lemmers, of Lions Bay, B.C., wears a salmon hat during a protest against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver May 10, 2014.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • "Ethical Oil" author and Sun TV broadcaster Ezra Levant covered the event.

  • People hold signs during a protest against the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in Vancouver May 10, 2014.

  • Crystal Dixon was part of the No Enbridge rally.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer speaks to the crowd.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Sisters Maria and Audrey Siegel from Musqueam Indian Band attend the No Enbridge rally.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Ben West (right) of ForestEthics, which organized the rally, speaks to the crowd.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Patrick Meder, and Bruce Stout of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association attend the No Enbridge rally.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • Ben West (right) of ForestEthics, which organized the rally, takes a selfie break.

  • More than 1,000 people gathered at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on May 10, 2014 to protest the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

  • <em>NEXT: "No Enbridge" Rally, 2013</em>

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • "No Enbridge" Rally

    Thousands gathered in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 16, 2013 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/16/no-enbridge_n_4289428.html">protest Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project</a>.

  • <em>Up Next: The Craziest Photos Of The Oilsands</em>

  • Syncrude's Mildred Lake Upgrader, part of The Syncrude Project complex for oil sands processing, is pictured Monday, March 8, 2006 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  • The Syncrude oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a lake reclaimed from an old mine near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada on October 22, 2009.

  • A disused mining machine on display in front of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta on October 22, 2009.

  • Tailings pond in winter.

  • Syncrude upgrader.

  • Dry tailings.

  • The Suncor oilsands operation uses trucks that are 3 stories tall, weigh one million pounds, and cost 7 million dollars each.

  • Oilsands at night.

  • A tailings pond.

  • Black Cliff in the Alberta oilsands.

  • Oilsands upgrader in winter.

  • Oilsands extraction.

  • Oil sits on the surface at a Suncor Energy Inc. oilsands mining operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Photographer:

  • A large oil refinery along the Athabasca River in Alberta's Oilsands. Fort McMurray, Alberta.

  • Oils mixes with water at a tailings pond at a Suncor Energy Inc. oilsands mining operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013.

  • Fort McMurray is in the heart of the world's biggest single oil deposit - the Athabasca Oil Sands, and the oil is extracted by surface mining and refined in the region. The oil production is at the heart of the economy.

  • In this Aug. 5, 2005 file photo, the Syncrude upgrader spreads out towards the horizon at the company's oil sands project in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  • This Tuesday, July 10, 2012 aerial photo shows a Nexen oil sands facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

  • This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada.


The federal government is expected to announce a final decision on the $6.5-billion project by Enbridge next month.

Rally organizer ForestEthics Advocacy, said the event was meant to "send one last loud message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper against this misguided project."

First Nations stand strong against Enbridge, the B.C. government has formally opposed their Northern Gateway pipeline proposal — and the people of BC are not going to let this monstrosity ever be built," said campaign director Ben West.

The Vancouver Sun reported that some protesters are willing to go to extreme measures including chaining themselves to trees and machinery to block the project if it's approved.

Half a dozen demonstrators who support the oil sands set up some signs at the back of the rally.

“I do believe the oil sands are a major part of that resource sector, and it’s a great opportunity for young people in Western Canada to go make an incredible living at this point, as well as an opportunity for those in the future too,” Christopher Wilson told the Observer.

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