Local B.C. Conservative candidate Graeme James is bucking his party on the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline.
Party Leader John Cummins has been an outspoken supporter of the pipeline, but in a press release issued Thursday under B.C. Conservative letterhead, James says he doesn't support it.
"There are far too many unanswered questions to provide unqualified support for the project at this time," said James, candidate in Kelowna-Lake Country.
"One of my primary concerns is the Enbridge spill record from Wisconsin to the Kalamazoo River. Enbridge has had more than 600 spills involving legal action against the company for their environmental violations," he said.
"The public hearing process has been undemocratic and frustrating for people of all political stripes. I am hearing strongly from local party members who do not support a rush to approve a project where the key proponents have not met the burden of proof in terms of ensuring environmental safety."