Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen was in Kitimat on the weekend for the community plebiscite on the Enbridge pipeline.
Cullen says he is happy for the people in Kitimat that the vote came in nearly 60 per cent against the pipeline project.
“I was relieved for them. They were under a lot of pressure and they responded. They made a great decision.”
Cullen says it’s encouraging that despite the tables being tipped in Enbridge’s favour heading into the vote that the people’s voice was still heard.
“You have the native village, the Haisla in Kitimat across the bay not being able to vote and they have lived there for thousands of years and you have foreign temporary workers who don’t live in B.C. or Canada but have been there for a month able to cast a ballot. I mean, that’s not great. Never mind the money. Enbridge has hundreds of thousands of dollars they have been pouring in to try to buy their social license. I guess it didn’t work. I guess money can’t buy you love as the old song goes.”
Kitimat council will discuss the results of the vote at a council meeting tonight.
Cullen says it is still unclear whether council will take an official stance on the pipeline after hearing from the public.