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Protestors ambush Premier Campbell

Photo: Site C protestors weren’t able to get very close to Premier Gordon Campbell as he exited a meeting with Treaty 8 representatives in Fort St. John./Kimberley Molina

A group of Site C protestors attempted to ambush Gordon Campbell after his meeting with Treaty 8 representatives in Fort St. John, Wednesday.

Protestors chanted “No Site C” as the Premier exited the building.

Campbell only briefly acknowledged the protestors, waving quickly before ducking into a van parked nearby.

Nick Parsons was one of the protestors participating in the ambush. Parsons attempted to block the van’s path by standing in front of it with an anti-Site C sign, however he was swiftly removed by one of the security guards on the Premier’s detail.

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Protestors from around the region have been critical of B.C. Hydro’s plan to build a hydroelectric dam along the Peace River, which has now entered the third stage – environmental assessment – of a five step evaluation. The Premier is a strong supporter of the project.

Campbell arrived in Northeastern B.C., Tuesday, and is in the city, Wednesday, to attend various events including the Energy Conference and grand opening of the Enerplex.

He is also accompanied by Finance Minister Colin Hansen, Energy Minister Bill Bennett, and Minister of Children and Family Development Mary Polak, who are all taking part in assorted activities around the city.

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