Bob Layton: Badge of honour?

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WATCH ABOVE: In his latest editorial, Bob Layton talks about the escalating tensions related to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project – May 18, 2018

Who can forget the look on Green Party MP Elizabeth May’s face as the police lead her away from the Kinder Morgan terminals in Burnaby? It was free publicity. She and NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and others defied a court order asking protesters to stay away.

READ MORE: Green Party leader Elizabeth May arrested at B.C. anti-pipeline protest

As the May 31 deadline gets closer, prosecutors in B.C. are showing more interest than the prime minister in respecting Kinder Morgan’s investment,  although Finance Minister Bill Morneau is prepared to put taxpayer’s money where Ottawa’s mouth is.

READ MORE: If Kinder Morgan bails on Trans Mountain pipeline, other investors welcome: Morneau

At the same time, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is standing by to turn off the tap, if needed.

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The protesters who ignored the court order are now charged with criminal contempt of court.

But wait — it sounds worse than it really is.

Stewart pleaded guilty and paid a $500 fine. He says he has no regrets about what he did, and now, with this publicity boost, he’s running for mayor of Vancouver.

READ MORE: Kennedy Stewart pleads guilty to criminal contempt of court linked to Kinder Morgan protests

May is due in court at the end of the month, knowing the case will not affect her ability to hold office or travel.

If she receives a fine, I’m betting it becomes an environmentalist’s badge of honour.

I wonder if Mike Hudema or Al Gore or David Suzuki will want one.

Less than two weeks till May 31.

Let me know what you think is going to happen.


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Bob Layton is news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations.


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