“No, thank you”: 99 pipeline protesters arrested on Parliament Hill
Police and protesters kept it cool Monday as 99 activists staged a civil disobedience action against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
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As far as climate protests go, the Climate 101 action Monday was pretty polite.
Ninety-nine anti-pipeline activists lined up to climb over the Parliament Hill barricades to tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “just say no” to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
If approved, the project would triple the pipeline’s capacity to transport crude oil from the oil sands near Edmonton to tankers on the pacific coast.
The National Energy Board approved it this spring with 157 conditions. Trudeau’s cabinet will have the final say.
Protest organizer Gabriel D’Astous said approving the project flies in the face of Canada’s international climate commitments.
“You can’t … build pipelines and expect that we’ll meet the promises we made in Paris,” said D’Astous.
Apart from a small scuffle at the start, the activists patiently waited their turn to be arrested and issued a three-month trespass notice from Parliament Hill. In the meantime, some joked and laughed with police on the other side.
More rowdy protesters – those not going over the gate - provided a steady stream of Canadian pop culture parodies, from Drake’s Hot Line Bling to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Several times they simply chanted, “No, thank you!” over and over.
But as light-hearted as it was, the protesters were serious about the cause.
“We’re risking anything because the planet is in dire need,” said Western University student Sam Gormley shortly before his arrest.