OTTAWA -- Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said pipeline protesters standing in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs need to "check their privilege" and stand down.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa on Friday, Scheer expressed frustration with the ongoing demonstrations against construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which have caused blockades across the country at government legislatures and major rail crossings.
Meetings with hereditary chiefs, Indigenous leaders planned
They’re missing out on the fact that the elected band council supports this project, the majority of the hereditary chiefs support this project."
In an interview on CTV Power Play on Thursday, British Columbia’s Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said while some hereditary chiefs oppose the pipeline, they were consulted prior to construction.