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Pro-pipeline rally at Kamloops city hall next week

May 01, 2018 - 1:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The founders of Rally 4 Resources are getting ready for a pro-pipeline rally next week at city hall.

Nicole Wapple with Rally 4 Resources says next week’s public gathering is for people interested in showing their support of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through Kamloops on Wednesday, May 9.

“The majority of Canadians and British Columbians support this pipeline,” Nicole Wapple says. “Opponents have been louder for too long and we want to help the majority use their voices."

Earlier this month, Kinder Morgan Canada announced a suspension of all non-essential activity and spending on the project, due to B.C.’s strong opposition to the pipeline expansion. The province’s attorney general David Eby publicly announced shortly after the suspension that the province would file a case with the provincial court of appeal to see if B.C. has jurisdiction on the pipeline expansion.

Wapple says she is in the process of organizing speakers for the protest and hopes for a large turnout.

“We are hoping for hundreds, and I think we are going to have a really good turnout for this area,” Wapple says.

At next week’s rally, Wapple says speakers will touch on the importance of the pipeline expansion in regards to job creation and economic impact.

“Kamloops has a 10 per cent unemployment rate, this could mean jobs for residents,” Wapple says. "There are First Nations (communities) living in poverty all along this pipeline that could benefit from this."

Rally 4 Resources is also planning rallies in Fort Nelson and Victoria.

According to the group’s Facebook page for next week’s event, the rally is set to start at 4 p.m.

“We just want people to come out, bring respectful signs and let's get our message out,” Wapple says.

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