MP Murray Rankin welcomes Kinder Morgan protesters

Across Canada, people will be gathering outside the community offices of many Members of Parliament on March 23rd to observe a National Day of Action to Defend the Water and to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. Over 160 people are expected to gather outside the office of Murray Rankin, MP (Victoria) at 10:30 AM PT. The office is located at 1057 Fort Street.

Charlene Simon, the host for the event at Rankin’s office, has announced she will gift Murray with a sample of water collected from the BC coastline threatened by potential Kinder Morgan oil spills, and to thank him for his continuing role as a fierce defender of the environment. In return, Murray will gift Charlene with a Canadian flag to symbolize their work as defenders of Canada’s west coast. 

Last month, Prime Minister Trudeau suggested that proud Canadian defenders of our endangered Pacific coast were not promoting “the national interest”.

“As I’ve said, it’s simply not in the national interest to play Russian roulette with Canada’s west coast and pristine environment. I am so pleased to welcome fellow Victorians who are protesting the Kinder Morgan project. This will certainly send a clear message to the Liberals about how our community feels about the risks they are prepared to take,” said Mr. Rankin.

Murray will not be able to attend the Day of Action in person, as he’ll be in Vancouver as Vice-chair of a Justice and Human Rights Committee meeting studying the scourge of human trafficking. He will join the protest by phone to make a statement. His staff will take part in the gift exchange on his behalf.

Murray has been an outspoken advocate for environmental protection for decades. He is an expert in environmental law and led the BC NDP legal team to oppose the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines.

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For more information, please contact:
Krystal Thomson: 250-363-3600 or murray.rankin.c1@parl.gc.ca