Enbridge

"Calle a spade by any other name then a spade"

FYI, Erasmus did the title translation long, long ago.

Bribery is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

Enbridge offered B.C. first nations cash to study pipeline, Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

“Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt said Monday his organization received $100,000 from Enbridge, but that didn’t translate into support for the company’s proposed $5.5-billion pipeline project.

“…Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway said the money the company has provided to first nations to study the pipeline project does not come with strings attached and has nothing to do with the company’s attempts to reach equity-sharing agreements with first nations.

“…Burns Lake Indian Band Chief Al Gerow said the central B.C. nation, under a previously elected band council, accepted $60,000 from Enbridge to study the pipeline.

“…Mr. Sterritt said the Enbridge protocols with first nations could help the company in its bid to win approval for the project because they will likely be used in court or at regulatory hearings as examples of the company’s efforts to consult with aboriginals.

“They’re definitely out there trying to mark on the calendar that they’ve consulted and attempted to accommodate,” Mr. Sterritt said. “In the meantime, they get brownie points for trying to talk to talk to us and then they come along and make an equity offer and say we’ve accommodated them.”

“Prof. George Hoberg, an environmental and natural resource policy and governance expert at the University of B.C., said current Canadian law does not require that the government get the approval of first nations to proceed with Northern Gateway, but the law requires first nations to be consulted and accommodated.

“…Mr. Stanway said he wasn’t prepared to comment on concerns raised by the north-central B.C. Yekooche First Nation, who signed on with Enbridge for an equity deal last year. Now the newly-elected chief and council have called in lawyers looking for a way out.

“He said going public with the equity deals isn’t part of the package, even though a leaked copy of one of the agreements encourages the first nation “to participate in and support the Northern Gateway Project, through the regulatory process, during construction and throughout its lifetime of service to Canada’s energy industry.”

“…Last month, the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs of northwest B.C., voted to reject a $7-million Enbridge equity-sharing deal that lone Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Elmer Derrick signed on behalf of the chiefs.

“After Mr. Derrick signed with Enbridge last December, he was forced into hiding after band members nailed shut his office in Hazelton, posted a 24-hour watch nearby and put up Derrick-wanted posters across northwest B.C.”

Categories: Enbridge, First Nations

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  1. “Prof. George Hoberg, an environmental and natural resource policy and governance expert at the University of B.C., said current Canadian law does not require that the government get the approval of first nations to proceed with Northern Gateway, but the law requires first nations to be consulted and accommodated.

    Let me ask this of Mr.Hoberg. Does current canadian law not require approval of none first nations people to proceed with northern gateway?
    Does this government need approval from anyone? Does nobody in this country have a right or a say.
    Looking forward beyond the NEB hearings of which the outcome is a given and an insult let's cut to the chase. Is this government in partnership with enbridge willing to harm or cause the death of good canadian citizens trying to protect their health, environment and liberty???
    Is this government contemplating this???

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  2. Don we do have a say but we have yet to stand in unison and object. Read some of the links just above your comment and see just who is buying our rights and our government. Registered intervenor status list is Big money in action. Yes, this bought government will do whatever we pay no attention to.

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  3. Many are aware that Al Gerow, elected Chief of the Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation (Burns Lake), is married to Carole James, former NDP leader. People Gerow represents were employed directly or indirectly by the sawmill destroyed by fire. Rebuilding the mill may not occur because timbers supply is uncertain. That uncertainty ensures that every alternative must be examined.

    Enbridge's motives are clear enough. Offer out comparatively meagre funds to leaders of desperate people and then claim that payment served as consultation. When you are dealing on a $5.5 billion project and spending from a $100 million war chest provided by China and other foreigners, it's painless to hand out bits of cash to people that don't understand the whole picture.

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