RCMP exposed: Police spying on opponents of Enbridge pipeline, documents show

By Martin Lukacs Tim Groves
May 10, 2012

You don't need police spies to tell you there's big opposition to Enbridge's pipeline plans. (Photo: Laríssa / Flickr)

The RCMP has been spying on a group of British Columbia First Nations whose vocal opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline has taken them to the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Toronto, according to documents obtained through an access-to-information request.

The documents show that a provincial RCMP unit has been closely tracking the potential for “acts of protest and civil disobedience” by the Yinka Dene Alliance, a coalition of northern B.C. First Nations who have been at the centre of resistance to Enbridge’s $5.5 billion pipeline proposal.

Their territory covers a quarter of the route of the pipeline, which would carry more than 500,000 barrels of oilsands crude from Alberta through pristine territory to Kitimat, B.C., for export by supertanker to Asia and other markets.

The revelations add ammunition to critics who have charged that the Harper government is waging a campaign to demonize legitimate opponents of resource developments like the Northern Gateway, by labelling them as radicals or including them in Canada’s “counter-terrorism” strategy.

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Tim Groves is a freelance journalist and investigative researcher based in Toronto. Martin Lukacs is a writer and organizer in Montreal.

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