Green Party Leader Arrested


Elizabeth May, Green Party leader will probably be handing her lawyer some cash to sort out her legal troubles.

May was arrested this Friday allegedly violating a court injunction during a protest against Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Here’s the statement by the Green Party with quotes from Elizabeth May.

(BURNABY) — Green Party leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), arrested this morning at the Burnaby Mountain worksite of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project, is promising to stand firm with the Tsleil-waututh, Squamish and Musqueum First Nations and their supporters across Canada in opposing the “disastrous, climate-destroying Trans Mountain pipeline expansion”.

“I am keeping my word,” said Ms. May after she was released. “I said I would stand in solidarity with the First Nations opposing Kinder Morgan and I am keeping my word.

“Non-violent civil disobedience is legitimate as a means of expression but it is a step I have not taken before. Even standing on the logging roads of Clayoquot Sound in 1993, I stepped aside when asked to do so. I can no longer step aside.”

Ms. May said that she respects our courts and does not take violating an injunction lightly. “I await the court ruling on the legitimacy of the permit issued to Kinder Morgan. Unfortunately, the federal government and the Texas corporation are not awaiting the ruling of the Federal Court. Kinder Morgan is committed to acts constituting irreparable harm ‒ to the environment and to indigenous rights.

“I will continue to stand in solidarity with the First Nations on whose land these acts of vandalism are now being committed. Non-violent civil disobedience is the moral obligation of the climate-aware, responsible citizen.”