Montreal mayor cancels appearance to open proceedings, calling them a ‘circus’
CBC News, Aug 29, 2016
The National Energy Board hearings in Montreal into the proposed $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline were cancelled early into the proceedings Monday after protesters stormed into the room, prompting the commissioners to leave and resulting in at least two arrests.
The ruckus began before Mayor Denis Coderre addressed the hearings as the scheduled first speaker. He cancelled his appearance, calling the proceedings a “circus,” and said he may hold his presentation Tuesday instead.
After the protesters entered the room, one man ran to the table where the commissioners were seated and almost knocked it over.
NEB commissioners left the room and police entered soon after to remove the protesters.
Amid a police presence, about 200 people gathered Monday morning in front of the downtown Montreal venue for the hearings, with many…
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