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Protester holds image of Justin Trudeau in oil as criticism mounts over $4.5billion pipeline

The Prime Minister faced harsh criticism from environmental groups and Indigenous leaders, who gathered outside Science World in Vancouver on Tuesday. 

They vowed to keep protesting the $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

One protester held up an image of Justin Trudeau covered in oil after Canada said controversial pipeline will get built.

The Prime Minister faced harsh criticism from environmental groups and Indigenous leaders, who gathered outside Science World in Vancouver on Tuesday

They vowed to keep protesting the $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada

They vowed to keep protesting the $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the west coast of British Columbia, Canada

Many demonstrators are outraged with people calling the decision to use tax payer money to save the project ‘ridiculous,’ reported News 1130. 

‘We are absolutely shocked and appalled that Canada is willingly investing taxpayers’ money in such a highly controversial fossil fuel expansion project,’ said Grand Chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, in an emailed statement. 

‘We will not stand down no matter who buys this ill-fated and exorbitantly priced pipeline.’ 

Many demonstrators are outraged with people calling the decision to use tax payer money to save the project 'ridiculous'

Many demonstrators are outraged with people calling the decision to use tax payer money to save the project ‘ridiculous’

Cal Salem with Squamish First Nation told the crowd his people do not what this pipeline, while calling Justin Trudeau a liar.

‘Justin Trudeau promised,’ he says. ‘He promised a new relationship with my people. He promised that this project could not go through unless it was done through a vigorous review, which he broke.’

Tzeporah Berman with Stand Earth is asking people to make a pledge and stand with Indigenous First Nations.

‘There is little that motivates as much as betrayal. They betrayed us. I actually believed that they were serious when they talked about a just transition off fossil fuels.’

Donna Oleksiuk holds a sign bearing a photograph of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a protest against the Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in Vancouver

Donna Oleksiuk holds a sign bearing a photograph of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a protest against the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in Vancouver

A crane operates at Kinder Morgan's Trans-Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

A crane operates at Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain marine terminal, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

‘They criticized the Harper government’s pipeline processes, they promised us science-based decision making, democratic processes–but then was happened? They made a backroom deal together before the ministerial panel was even complete.’

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called the purchase ‘an historic blunder with taxpayer dollars.’

She also accused Trudeau’s government of writing a ‘blank cheque’ for the pipeline’s construction costs, which Kinder Morgan has previously pegged at $7.4 billion. 

‘It seems completely insane,’ May said. ‘I’m quite certain that this will go down as an epic financial, economic boondoggle.’ 

An oil tanker is moored at Kinder Morgan's Trans-Mountain marine terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

An oil tanker is moored at Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain marine terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada



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