At 10am on November 4, a dozen young people staged a sit-in at the constituency office of Liberal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna in Ottawa. The occupation was part of a series of sit-ins coordinated nationwide by climate justice organisation 350.org.
The office of Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau in Montreal was also occupied that day, while the offices of Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr in Winnipeg and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett in Toronto saw sit-ins the day before. The message of all these actions was the same: to pressure the Liberal government to publicly opposed the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia.
Katie Perfitt, one of those sitting-in at McKenna’s office in Ottawa, said that she spoke with the Minister over the phone and “during the call, she criticized Kinder Morgan CEO, Ian Anderson, for comments he made yesterday denying the science of climate change.” Perfitt went on to say that “simply disagreeing with climate deniers isn’t enough - we need politicians like Minister McKenna and Minister Garneau to stand up to big oil and publicly oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”
Join the March and Rally against Kinder Morgan November 19, noon in Vancouver