Over 100 volunteers with activist group Dogwood Initiative have started canvassing for signatures to launch an citizens’ initiative against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
The group are vowing to block the controversial project from being built, but they will need to collect tens of thousands of signatures to launch the initiative which will call for a referendum.
Campaign coordinator Sophie Harrison says the hard work starts today.
“Hitting doors, on street corners, we have 17 canvasses around the south coast today. On the Island, throughout the Lower Mainland, well over 100 folks getting out there, talking to their neighbours, starting to build the kind of grass roots political resilience we’re going to need to stop this pipeline.”
Harrison says they will likely launch the initiative shortly after the provincial election in May.
“We are getting folks to sign on saying they will support a citizens initiative when we launch it so we have that existing network ready. But once we do begin the citizens’ initiative, then we have 90 days to collect signatures, all done by volunteers, 10 per cent of every single riding in the province.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the $6.8 billion project the green light last Tuesday.