Pipelines, Power and Democracy

9 Aug 2016 - 6:15pm to 8:15pm

Annette Library, 145 Annette St.

On Thursday, June 30 '16, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed approval for Enbridge's $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project, saying the Canadian governement failed in its duty to consult with aboriginal people before giving the green light to a controversial pipeline proposal to link Alberta's tarsands to British Columbia's north coast.


"The expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry—one of the most polluting energy sources on the planet—represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the NFB documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does. 

From the hallways of Quebec’s National Assembly, where parliamentary power resides, to campaigns waged by environmental defence groups and big activist-led media splashes, director Olivier D. Asselin follows the journeys of four people who each adopt their own tactics to effect change. All are involved in the fight against TransCanada’s proposed oil tanker terminal at Cacouna, Quebec, a battle that mobilized people concerned about protecting the St. Lawrence River. 

With extraordinary access to activists and political circles, the film documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement over the course of two years, a movement that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity. 

Driven by an energetic soundtrack, Pipelines, Power and Democracy propels us into the midst of an urgent battle being fought against those who embrace economic growth at any cost—while the fate of the planet hangs in the fragile balance."

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/z0NQuOyjefU

This film (2015) by Olivier D. Asselin has screened over 100 times in Quebec. Please join us for this screening, in French, with English subtitles.

Film courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.