While anti-pipeline activists have been making headlines in recent weeks, not everyone in Vancouver opposes the project.
One B.C. oil industry worker is speaking up, saying he’s hopeful Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will give two major Enbridge-backed pipelines the green light tomorrow.
The federal cabinet is expected to announce its decision on Line 3 and the Northern Gateway pipeline, with a decision on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain to be made before December 19.
The latter has been the subject of major protests in recent weeks, with over 2000 people taking to the streets of Vancouver to voice their concerns.
But oil worker, Bernard Hancock, says an approval would be a welcome announcement for the thousands who are currently out of work.
“There’s a lot of working class people right now who have had it about up to here with these protests. And I get it, I respect their right to protest, but I think these people are myopic, naive, and they don’t really have any respect for anyone that’s going to disagree with them.”
Hancock says many people don’t realize how badly the slump in oil prices and stagnation in Alberta are affecting many working class Canadians.
“A lot of my friends and family are in really tough straits right now and this is the shot in the arm that Alberta needs. I feel like pipelines are a nation-building exercise and the benefits of pipelines extends throughout the country.”
Environmentalists have expressed concerns about the Kinder Morgan expansion project raising the risk of a major oil spill, but Hancock says the pros outweigh the cons as far as he is concerned.