SICAMOUS (January 8, 2019) – Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo says British Columbians should be alarmed by the continued activism being displayed by BC NDP cabinet ministers.
Forests Minister Doug Donaldson publicly declared his support for the Unist’ot’en blockade this week, ignoring the local First Nations that have signed benefits agreements with the province for the pipeline project. Despite the fact Donaldson is responsible for approving provincial resource development permits, he chose to show up to the protestor camp in northern B.C. to side with pipeline protestors.
“This blockade has been deemed illegal by the courts, and the minister made the decision to disrespect the communities and First Nations who will benefit from this project by standing with the protestors who are blocking it,” says Kyllo. “In my view, this kind of move compromises the minister’s ability to do his job in a fair and unbiased manner. What’s even more unfortunate is that the Minister swore an oath to serve all British Columbians, not his activist friends.”
As the BC Liberal Jobs Critic, Kyllo also feels British Columbians, especially in resource-based communities, deserve a minister who doesn’t let his activism cloud his decision-making to the detriment of B.C.’s economy– and supports the call from BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson that Donaldson should resign.