EDMONTON (NEWS 1130) — The Premier of Alberta took aim at pipeline protesters via Twitter on Saturday, in which he called supporters of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, “champions of wokeness” who “suddenly embrace hereditary patriarchy.”
Kenney writes, demonstrators are not supporters of the Wet’suwet’en, but actually, opponents.
“They are leftists engaged in illegal activity to thwart the democratic will of the Wet’suwet’en as expressed by their elected government following years of consultation with their people.”
Fascinating to see champions of wokeness suddenly embrace heridatary patriarchy as a preferred governance model. They disregard not only the democratic will of Wet’suwet’en, but also the authority of these women leaders in favour of the men sidelining them https://t.co/Z84Ctj2JyV
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) February 15, 2020
Most band councils along the proposed pipeline route have signed off on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, but hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs have remained steadfast in their opposition.
Blockades across the country have cut both passenger and freight rail services, with pressure mounting on the federal government to end them.