Enbridge Northern Gateway is covering northern B.C. with ads in the run up to the Kitimat plebiscite, urging citizens to vote in favour of the company's proposal to ship oil across B.C. and on to Asia on oil tankers.
During a provincial election or initiative vote, Elections BC restricts how much companies and other third-party advertisers can spend -- but no such rules apply to the Kitimat plebiscite, being held on April 12.
Full-page colour ads have appeared in community newspapers in Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, Burns Lake and Fort St. James -- a town nearly 600 kilometres away from Kitimat. The estimated cost of those ads is about $8,250.