Will Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests set the stage for what’s to come with TMX?

As demonstrations in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs in opposition of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project in northern B.C. halted rail traffic across the country for the fourteenth day on Wednesday, many have raised concerns that this is just a taste of what is to come as construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX) expansion project ramps up this spring.

During an emergency debate in the House of Commons Tuesday evening, Conservative MP Cathy McLeod, called the protests a “dress rehearsal” for TMX protests in the future.

“The current government has allowed something to fester that they didn’t pay attention to,” she said. “It lays at their feet.”

Last week, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shared similar concerns, calling the protests “ecocolonialism” from southern Canadians, “projecting their own political agenda.”

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