The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

B.C. First Nations strongly oppose the Gateway pipeline project and the B.C. provincial government has also raised concerns.
B.C. First Nations strongly oppose the Gateway pipeline project and the B.C. provincial government has also raised concerns.
(JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Enbridge's Northern Gateway needs much more than this rubber stamp

The Northern Gateway pipeline project may have received its legal approval, but what’s still missing is democratic legitimacy. Ottawa can talk about the West Coast oil pipeline's economic importance for Canada until it’s blue in the face, but the project isn’t going anywhere until government and the project’s owners can offer the public stakeholders in British Columbia a better economic case for opening up their back yards to 1,177 kilometres of bitumen-filled steel pipe.