10/09/2014 01:49 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST

Kinder Morgan Should Register With Elections BC As Third-Party Advertiser: MP

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28: A sign hangs from a fence at a Kinder Morgan facility at the harbor in Los Angeles, California, August 28, 2006. Kinder Morgan Inc., operator of 43,000 miles of North American oil and gas pipelines, agreed to a sweetened $15 billion takeover bid from a group led by co- founder Richard Kinder that will take the company private. (Photo by Tim Rue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

BURNABY, B.C. - A Vancouver-area member of Parliament believes energy giant Kinder Morgan should register with Elections BC as a third-party advertiser because of firm's pipeline expansion ads.

The civic election period has begun, and Elections BC rules say anyone who runs ads on an election issue must register as a third-party advertiser and disclose costs within 90 days after the Nov. 15 election.

New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, who represents Burnaby-Douglas, says in a letter to Elections BC that Kinder Morgan is running television and radio advertisements about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Stewart says the pipeline proposal is a key campaign issue for municipalities such as Burnaby and Vancouver, and he accuses the company of trying to influence voters.

He says residents deserve to know how much Kinder Morgan is spending on advertising.

A spokeswoman from Kennedy's office says Elections BC is looking into the issue and a decision is expected soon.

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