CVRD director happy to join Harper protest

Ian Morrison welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Mill Bay. - Malcolm Chalmers
Ian Morrison welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Mill Bay.
— image credit: Malcolm Chalmers

“Our environment is just not for sale.”

That, said Cowichan Lake South Director Ian Morrison, was the reason he was one of about 150 people who gathered at the gates of Brentwood College School in Mill Bay last week to let Prime Minister Stephen Harper know their feelings on some of the decisions he has made for Canada.

“I fear the Conservative machine is going to be throwing money at this constituency and it is going to be tough to fight them back,” Morrison said. “Somebody has to stand up and protect our environment.”

Protest organizer Peter Nix reported Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo, Sahtlam/Glenora Director Loren Duncan, and Duncan councillor Michelle Staples also took part.

The protest group had a lot to say about concerns ranging from climate change to our dependence on oil, the proposed pipeline crossing B.C.,  and oil tankers and the pollution they could cause.

The protesters marched in front of the gates to Brentwood College slowing the entrance of cars and people to the school grounds. Chanting, passing out information and shaming people who entered the event were some of the tactics used.

The RCMP stood and watched the peaceful protest. A bus thought to contain the PM — but actually containing media — passed by more than an hour after the scheduled meeting time so the protest broke up.

Harper was at Brentwood Jan. 7 for a party fundraiser organized by the Conservative riding association for the new Cowichan-Malahat-Langford region.

Just prior to the event, he was at Shawnigan Lake’s Kinsol Trail to announce funding for the completion of the Trans-Canada Trail.

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