As the B.C. provincial election heats up, we're beginning to see a more forceful debate regarding pipeline politics. However, it didn't come as much of a surprise that Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals approved the Kinder Morgan expansion, as they have long been a party of corporate interests. The Dogwood Initiative reported that Clark and the Liberals had already received $718,918 from Kinder Morgan and associated oil patch organizations by the end of March 2016 (link attached below).
In addition, the remaining dangers of a spill have the been a focal point in the arguments against TransMountain by NDP opposition leader John Horgan, and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver. However, it remains to be seen whether the general population will agree that the environmental risks of the pipeline take precedence over the promoted economic benefits. The most recent polling averages give the NDP a 2.2% lead over the Liberals, with the Greens trailing over 25 points behind.