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Burnaby calls on national energy regulator to suspend Trans Mountain pipeline review

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, holds a sign while marching to a protest outside National Energy Board hearings on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C., on Tuesday January 19, 2016.

BURNABY, B.C. – The National Energy Board should suspend its review of the Trans Mountain pipeline until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reforms the national regulator, a lawyer for the City of Burnaby said Wednesday.

“You do not have the authority to speak in the interest of the citizens of Burnaby,” the city’s lawyer Gregory McDade told the NEB panel.

Burnaby is both the epicentre of opposition to the $5.4 billion pipeline expansion project and the host city of the current round of NEB hearings on the project, expected to last for 10 days in B.C. and will wrap up in Calgary next month.

“Burnaby should not be the last victim of a flawed process,” McDade said, referring to the prime minister’s mandate letter asking the natural resources minister to “modernize” the NEB.

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