UPDATE: Rally, march & two local town halls planned in wake of pipeline purchase

An anti-Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion protest planned in downtown Victoria may affect the drive home Thursday.

A number of environmental groups, including Protect the Inlet and Greenpeace Victoria are planning a rally and march beginning at 5:30pm at Government and Wharf.

The march will end up at Centennial Square, with speeches to follow.

Up island, Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson will host a Facebook Live emergency town hall Thursday night at 6, and can be viewed on her Facebook page.

Meantime - The location of an emergency town hall MP Murray Rankin arranged for 5:30 Friday afternoon, has changed due to large number of people expected to attend.

The meeting will be at to the Fernwood Community Centre in the 12-hundred block Gladstone. Resource economist Harry Swain will try to help people understand what the federal government's decision will mean from a financial point of view.

Rankin - the NDP's Justice Critic - calls the federal government's decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and most of Kinder Morgan Canada's other assets 'shocking'.

Rankin says his office has been inundated with calls from constituents, angry at the Liberals and Justin Trudeau for going back on environmental and climate change promises:

"It was a shock. I mean here's this guy Justin Trudeau who ran as a climate change leader in Paris saying 'we're going to no longer give fossil fuel subsidies, this world is going to change.' I've had so many young people call our office, who just feel such a sense of betrayal because of course now he's the CEO of a pipeline. Talk about a subsidy."

Murray Rankin says Canadians should be concerned about their federal government spending $4.5-billion on a "leaky pipeline", when those kinds of funds could make a huge difference elsewhere.  He also question using public funds to offset private sector risk:

 "Let's not forget the private sector wants to get a rate of return on the assets, and here we are socializing the risks of that, taking away their concern about money. It seems to me the public risk, private profit, it doesn't make a lot of sense."



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