Green Peace activist Laura Yates sits atop a flag pole in protest before B.C. NDP leader John Horgan delivers opening remarks to the New Democrat caucus at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Green Peace activist Laura Yates sits atop a flag pole in protest before B.C. NDP leader John Horgan delivers opening remarks to the New Democrat caucus at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Day of Action gathering expected at MP office on Fort Street tomorrow

Murray Rankin plans to attend the 10:30 a.m. rally by phone

People are expected to gather outside the community offices of many Members of Parliament on March 23 to observe a National Day of Action to Defend the Water and to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.

Locally, more than 160 people are expected Victoria MP Murray Rankin’s office, 1057 Fort Street for 10:30 a.m.

Rankin will not attend the Day of Action in person, as he’ll be in Vancouver as vice-chair of a Justice and Human Rights Committee meeting studying the scourge of human trafficking. He plans to join the protest by phone.

“As I’ve said, it’s simply not in the national interest to play Russian roulette with Canada’s west coast and pristine environment. I am so pleased to welcome fellow Victorians who are protesting the Kinder Morgan project. This will certainly send a clear message to the Liberals about how our community feels about the risks they are prepared to take,” Rankin said in a statement.

Charlene Simon, the host for the event at Rankin’s office, plans to gift the MP with a sample of water collected from the BC coastline threatened by potential Kinder Morgan oil spills, and to thank him for his continuing role as a defender of the environment. On his behalf, Rankin’s staff plan to gift her with a Canadian flag to symbolize their work as defenders of Canada’s west coast.


 

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