REPORTING · 10th April 2011
Terrace City council will be sitting this coming Monday, April 11, for their regular twice a month meeting and Enbridge is once again going to be a featured discussion.
The Kitimat-Terrace and District Labour Council (KTDLC), which pursued the City to host the Enbridge Forum for the public at the REM Lee Theater held February 1, 2011, is appearing again to make another request.
“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to cooperatively work together with the City of Terrace council to co-host the Educational Forum regarding the Northern Gateway Project.,” begins the letter dated March 23, 2011 from KTDLC.
The letter confirms their organization unanimously passed a resolution to be united in opposition to the project the previous month, on the 23rd of February.
“We are here today to encourage that this Council should finally make it public to this community where you stand in regards to the Northern Gateway Project.”
Terrace has stuck out in poor form from the rest of BC Municipalities as one of a very short list of Councils refusing to publicly take a position. At the Union of BC Municipalities convention last year, October 1 2010, Terrace representatives, Councillors Brian Downie and Brad Pollard staked a claim perceived as clearly supporting Enbridge by voting against two resolutions put forward by the Village of Queen Charlotte. The first resolution urged the federal government to legislate a ban on bulk crude oil tanker traffic through Queen Charlotte Sound, Dixon Entrance and Hecate Strait. The second resolution opposed the transport of tar sands crude oil by pipeline through British Columbia. Two District of Kitimat Councillors at the same meeting determined the best way to represent a neutral position was to abstain from voting so they would not be seen as supporting or opposing the resolutions.
Both Downie and Mayor Pernarowski have previously accepted money from Enbridge to attend a Northern Gateway Community Advisory Board meeting.
Only Councillor Bruce Martindale has stood firmly in opposition to his colleagues suggesting they represent the wishes of the clear majority of the population of the City and the Northwest. Martindale has been defeated on numerous occasions when he attempts to move forward resolutions in opposition to Enbridge and in support of the Environmental lobby groups.
The Terrace City Council meeting begins at 7:30 pm Monday April 11, 2011.