Those in opposition of the Site C dam have gathered today at the construction entrance. The protest was organized by local Green Party candidate Elizabeth Biggar in an effort to get the word out again that there are many in opposition to the dam prior to the federal election on Monday.
Biggar said the event has been a week in the making, and she noted how disappointed she was that the dam was not brought up as an election issue.
“A week ago I decided to reach out to all of the key players that have been fighting against the dam. I thought I could use the rest of my voice before the election to send a strong message to Ottawa. It should be federal and provincial governments working together and they’re passing the buck off to one another. Unfortunately this whole campaign and all the debates this issue was not brought up at all and I’m disgusted by that,” she said.
As for why it wasn’t brought up, Biggar believes it’s a matter of convenience for the other parties, which is why in her opinion party leader Elizabeth May does not get to take part in most debates.
“Once you start talking about it you have to admit it that it’s here and on our doorstep and we need to address it and change it. Nobody is ready to do that. Why isn’t Elizabeth May allowed at the debates? Because that’s what she talks about and if she’s there everyone else has to address that and change their entire platform,” she said.
Ken Boon of the Peace Valley Landowner Association was in attendance. He was pleased with the turnout and said that while construction has started, it does not mean the battle against the project will stop.
“Site C is not a done deal. We acknowledge that it has started. We’ve transitioned from 35 years plus of trying to stop a project from starting to now we’re trying to stop a project that has started. In that sense it’s a different ball game now. To me that just ramps it up. We have to stop Site C from being built. We need a two year delay while this gets reviewed properly,” he said.
There’s no firm plan as to when the rally today will conclude. Construction vehicles have gone through without efforts to stop them.