Protestors occupy Conservative MP office

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Minister of Industry James Moore

Minister of Industry James Moore

Protestors were camped at federal Industry Minister James Moore’s Port Moody office Wednesday to oppose this week’s decision to conditionally approve the Enbridge pipeline.

Organizer Anjali Appadurai said about 12 people occupied Moore’s office at 10 a.m.

“For now, we’re here for at least today and as long as our physical bodies can stand,” she said.

The action comes a day after the federal government approved the Northern Gateway pipeline with 209 conditions.

Appadurai said the attitude of staff at Moore’s office — the minister wasn’t present — has been friendly.

A call to the constituency office was not answered.

Meanwhile, an Angus Reid Global poll finds 40% of British Columbians opposed to the decision — tied with Quebec as the province with the most opposition in the country.

Alberta was the most in favour.

“It’s really a tale of two neighbours who have very little in common on this issue,” said Angus Reid vice-president Shachi Kurl. The poll found past New Democrat voters were most opposed to the decision, though 16% of past Conservative voters also said it was the “wrong decision.”

The survey was conducted on June 17 and 18 among 1,773 Canadian adults, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.3%. 

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