robert saint amour
nopipeline (at) mail.com
For immediate media release…
The endless debate over pipelines going across British Columbia has
brought me to one conclusion…
This is far too big a decision to be made by our elected officials,
this is one decision that should be made by the people of British
Columbia, for the people of British Columbia. Not under any
circumstances by Ottawa, Alberta and/or the oil industry.
As such, I have contacted Elections BC to begin the process of a
Legislative Initiative that will propose a ban on all new construction
of oil and condensate pipelines across British Columbia, forcing a
provincial referendum on this issue.
I am very familiar with this Act and feel quite comfortable in
getting the required 10% of the Province to agree that we should all
have a say in this. As the proponent in two recall attempts I’m fully
aware of the requirements.
I’m also hoping that as this develops a life of its own, the Premier
will save us the expense, time and the inevitable animosity by sending
it to a referendum herself, keeping in mind that it is fair to say,
that all this initiative will do is confirm that 10% of the province
would prefer a referendum. We already know that by looking at the
polls. As an unelected Premier she should feel the need to consult the
neglected people of B.C. first…Think HST..
I belong to no political party and have no affiliation to any. To
those of you that know me, you’ll remember that I raised my daughter
on a sailboat in the same waters that are now being threatened by the
possibility of oil tanker traffic and the inevitable spills.
I’ve been living on this coast for thirty years and the ocean is my
back yard and was never intended to have oil dumped into it. According
to statistics, it’s only a matter of time if this pipeline is
permitted. Add to that the possibility of terrorism and you have the
perfect storm for a disaster. No amount of public hearings will change
this. Passing an Initiative does.
As is my norm I will not act as my own financial or campaign manager,
a web site will be available soon and I will attempt to keep the
requesting media outlets informed of our progress including the final
wording of the Writ and the various procedures to be undertaken. Other
than this release, I will send no unsolicited emails, so please
indicate your interest if you wish to be kept up to date on our media
list or need voice communication.
Robert Saint Amour
Vancouver Island BC
nopipeline (at) mail.com
JLS ……For What It’s Worth