BC Liberal leader says U.S. interests funding protests, blockades

Foreign funds fuel protests?

The BC Liberals says foreign interests are funnelling millions of dollars into groups intent on creating economic chaos in British Columbia.

Leader Andrew Wilkinson charges B.C. has seen at least $4.2 million in U.S. funds funnelled to six organizations that are promoting protests and blockades to obstruct B.C. energy projects.

“The serious issue of foreign interference in politics and elections has been making headlines for years now. John Horgan needs to show leadership, condemn foreign-funded political interference, and take action to ensure that our democratic institutions and values are respected," Wilkinson said Wednesday.

The Liberals say U.S. tax documents reveal that a collection of five American-based organizations, including the Tides Foundation, have funnelled at least $4,218,311 to six Canadian groups, including West Coast Environmental Law, The Wilderness Committee, and others.

West Coast Environmental Law is raising money to support a legal fund to support blockade protesters, Wilkinson alleged, while The Wilderness Committee led a public campaign to shut down the B.C. government earlier this  month.

“My chief and council of the Haisla Nation have worked hard to bring an end to the poverty, suicide, and hopelessness in our community — we found hope for our future but now foreign interests are telling my people they are ignorant and don’t know what’s best for them,” added Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. “We are seeing a co-ordinated assault on our economy funded primarily by foreign money, which hijacks aboriginal issues and seeks to freeze B.C. out of the global energy market with no concern for the tension and adversity they create in First Nations communities.”

“This is beyond partisan politics. All parties in the legislature should be committed to securing our democracy and keeping our politics local,” said Wilkinson. 

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