Opponents rally support for pipeline referendum

The Sooke team of the Dogwood Initiative will host an information night on March 15

A B.C. non-profit is rallying opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion project and is bringing its message to Sooke next week.

The Sooke team of the Dogwood Initiative, a self-proclaimed “citizen action network,” will host an information night on March 15 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2191 Townsend Rd.

Guest speakers is former federal environment minister David Anderson and Dogwood’s founding director and current director of strategy Will Horter. The evening gets underway at 7 p.m.

Once the presentation and Q&A is complete, Sooke team leader Gail Armitage and Dogwood communications coordinator Charles Campbell will explain how the Dogwood Initiative intends to leverage the 250,000 pledges collected in its Let B.C. Vote campaign into a citizen’s initiative set to launch this fall pending the results of the provincial election in May.

The Dogwood Initiative announced plans to pursue a referendum soon after the federal government gave the pipeline the go-ahead Nov 29.

Unique to British Columbia, a citizen’s initiative allows a registered voter to propose a law or changes to an existing law where the province has jurisdiction.

The voter must collect signatures from 10 per cent of registered voters in each provincial electoral district – within 90 days of the official launch – for the referendum to go through.