This is going to be a war, and it’s going to be one that carries on for a number of years,” Corrigan said of the legal challenges his city has mounted in various levels of court, in attempts to stop Kinder Morgan’s work on Burnaby Mountain.
“The bigger argument that needs to be fought is: How much can the federal government impose its will on local governments and the ability of people to make local decisions? That’s really the quintessential issue that takes this beyond a merely local situation to being one that attracts interest from municipalities right across Canada.”
“I didn’t look for the fight. But like any good east end boy, if it comes to me, I’m not going to back down,” said Corrigan, recently re-elected to a fifth term as mayor of Burnaby. “This came to our doorstep. We didn’t go looking for this fight … but this will likely turn into a case that will have implications for cities right across Canada for a long time.
“This is a fight that’s been a long time coming. We’ve been dealing with 21st-century problems using a 19th-century statute.”
This puts us in a terrible situation in the city of Burnaby,” he said. “It’s not even ironic, it’s terrible. We don’t want to be placed in a position of having our police department have to enforce an injunction that we never wanted to see happen. And if the bylaws had been enforced, none of those protesters would have to be on that mountain.”