Horgan, Notely and Trudeau: Boxed in
Horgan and Notely, should lobby Ottawa to shutdown the Kinder Morgan pipeline!
Three politicians all nicely boxed in. It is time for them and us to start facing reality.
Horgan has shot himself in the foot on Site C as if he allows it to go ahead he will split and discredit his party. Come next election he will be shipping votes to the Greens- remember Notely, the main reason she got to form government is that Alberta conservatives were pissed off and wanted to send a message.
He may even be sending his party and our democracy to political oblivion as he is facing the PPP factor- a lot of Permanently Pissed-off People, who, if they haven’t already done so, will shun politics and voting altogether.
Premier Notely threatens not buying BC hydro power. We happen to know she is self-sufficient in power- dirty power generated from fossil fuels. She should not be silly threatening to boycott BC wine. Much as we all love it there are bigger issues here. This is all about the tar sands.
A UN report tells us 3/4 of the fossil fuels now in the ground have to stay there… otherwise we are courting environmental disaster… so what else is new?
We also know there is a global shortage of fresh water. We continue to plunder this precious resource to process tar sands oil. You see folks,…here at Canadianviews we think Site C has more to do with water than hydro power. With the growing demands of water for the tar sands and the collapsing of the Athabasca river system, Alberta is going to come begging.
All three of these leaders are ethically challenged as they refuse to address the fundamental question here: Should we be sacrificing our country, our environment, risking environmental calamity just to ship off dirty oil to markets that only make a bad situation worse?
A large part of the damage Harper did to this country was to destroy the sources of expert evidence based research, both scientific and economic, on which policy and planning are based. Where it does exist today it is largely ignored by politicians. Their decisions are political and determined by heavy lobbying from the private sector. In other words they are left to commit “environmental murder” and pilfer the public purse with no paper trail. The evidence of their malfeasance is ignored or destroyed prior to the crime.
In a Tyee article NDP leader Jagmeet Singh blames Trudeau, but for the wrong reason:
“The reason why we’re in this concern around the environment, around the coastline is because the environmental assessment process which the government acknowledged was out of date, which they acknowledged needed to be modernized was not modernized,” Singh said on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. “That’s why we’re here today.”
“Why we’re here today,” is that politicians simply walk away from election promises, ignore scientific(environmental) and economic studies, and run a catering service to the private sector; in this instance Big Oil and the tyranny it imposes on countries wherever it operates.
As it stands now oil companies can walk away from the tar sands for whatever reason, five, ten, or twenty years from now and leave Alberta with an environmental clean up in the tens of billions of dollars- growing every year production continues.
Trudeau was never one to make the decision. He is errand boy to the lobbyists who pull his strings.
Notely should slap a moratorium on tar sands development and insist the oil companies start cleaning up their mess in a serious way.
Instead of laying blame, Singh should enhance his leadership credentials and join them. Elizabeth May could win a bundle of seats in BC on this issue. As for Andrew Scheer, he best remain silent as his credentials are… we might say, covered in dirty oil.
Are we willing to see our country reduced to a raw resource slave state?
Are we willing to keep mining dirty fossil fuels when adequate alternate energy sources are available just by shifting our political priorities in their favor?
“What has to be cherished about democracy, imperfect as it is, is that it imposes order out chaos, it is fosters process suppressing corruption, and due consideration over recklessness.
The failure of democracy is that it can so easily be corrupted and stolen by those of baser instincts to serve their greed and megalomania and anti-social intentions.
The only protection afforded democracy is that people insist on it; where we fail to do so, our world sinks into anarchy and desolation.
We are seeing now in the most profoundest terms not enough people, especially those in power, are indifferent to their obligations and the consequences of their indifference.
The alternative to democracy is global fascism; opting for the latter is a rather pathetic end to it all.
For the majority of humankind to be free, we must restrain the freedom of those who would oppress us.”