A group of anti-pipeline demonstrators has ended an occupation of the federal justice minister’s Vancouver office.
11 people showed up and demanded a meeting with Jody Wilson-Raybould.
The group want her to oppose the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Activist Ariel Martz-Oberlinder says they’re targeting the minister of justice for a reason.
“It’s a justice issue for Canadian citizens because this pipeline is going ahead despite opposition from communities and First Nations along its route.”
The occupation lasted six hours and ended peacefully when the minister’s staff arranged a phone call between her and the group.
Martz-Oberlinder says the Liberals need to stick to their promises.
“Prime Minister Trudeau has promised a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples and this pipeline has been rejected by 17 First Nations and is currently being challenged in court.”
During the conversation Wilson-Raybould invited the group present at an upcoming pipeline hearing.
That review panel will report back to Ottawa in November.
Mary Lovell, one of the occupiers, says she participated because the climate crisis is dire.
“While we are risking arrest by doing this, what’s at risk if we don’t take broad bold action and bold climate action is we may not have a livable future”
While no arrests were made, the staff insisted media was not welcome to conduct interviews in the Justice Minister’s office.
When pressed on the fact that CKNW was being asked to leave a public office to interview a citizen, the staff member said “sorry it’s just policy…you can do the interviews outside.”
CKNW has reached out to the minister for comment.