From Tory flavoured columnist Barbara Yaffe (but really it could just as well be Flaherty talking, or the PM):
Environmentalists had better be preparing to move their White House demos and crusading movie stars north, to B.C. - to try to thwart Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline across B.C. to Kitimat, the point from which oil would then go via tanker to China and other points east.
They should be warned, that project will be much harder to thwart; a strongly supportive Harper government has a majority and won't face the electorate until 2015.
From various of the 52 First Nations whose lands the pipeline would cross:
* On October 1, 2010, the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit of BC, representing a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in the province, passed a resolution calling on the federal government to halt Northern Gateway until its received free, prior and informed consent by affected First Nations.
* In March 2010, nine Coastal First Nations declared an oil tanker ban under their traditional laws.
It will be very hard to get this pipe built, period. And lost in the rhetoric, but mentioned towards the bottom of this G&M piece, is the fact that the federal environmental review of the pipeline won't even be finished for "a couple of years". So it certainly won't get built anytime soon.