Public safety minister asks RCMP for clarity over Indigenous blockade strategy 

OTTAWA- The federal public safety minister’s office says they have spoken to the RCMP over concerns about language reportedly used by the agency in planning how it would deal with First Nations protesters blockading natural gas pipeline construction in northern B.C. A spokesman for Bill Blair says they are concerned by a report by British media outlet the Guardian allegedly outlining the RCMP’s strategy to remove the blockade. “We are committed to protecting the constitutional right to peaceful protest and are concerned by the unacceptable words and phrases that the Guardian reported were used,” Blair’s spokesman Scott Bardsley said in an email. “Our office has raised this matter with the RCMP.” In late 2018, Wet’suwet’en members had set up checkpoints preventing pipeline project workers from accessing a worksite for LNG…

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