Burnaby City Councillor Nick Volkow says, “I’m not surprised to be quite honest.”
This reaction to the B.C. Court of Appeal’s decision allowing the National Energy Board to override Burnaby’s municipal bylaws when it comes to surveying and studying the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Volkow says this decision goes to show it’s only an uphill battle from here and there’s only one group that could sway the court system.
“That’s the First Nation. At the end of the day it boils down to the First Nation carrying on the fight for all of us. They have a historic stake in what goes on in the land, water and air in this country.”
He says within the courts, First Nation groups have far more sway in the system.
“The attention should be paid on what the First nations are going to do, I think cities and lower levels of government have basically expended there money and shot there was, trying to protect their interests.”
Volkow says cities like Burnaby and Vancouver have spent a lot of money on fighting the pipelines, but concedes a lot of money has gone to waste.
Volkow says it’s hard to fight a battle when the federal government is on board.