Our premier talked tough before the election. Made a BCér proud to see her stand up for what is right! ‘We intend to get our fair share of the pollution and our fair share at the trough that is being spread around to allow it!’ Oooh, what cajones!
And, because she was so tough and such a brilliant negotiator, the premier of Alberta had to roll over (in slop) and agree to our porcine premier’s demands. Oooh….pigfight! I am getting excited.
But, of course, it is like all political acts – it was a stunt, a sham, a lie and a distortion. Christy lied. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Our premier (NOT a mayor, this time) lied to us.
Firstly, she did not negotiate anything…some ‘framework‘….which says nothing…..and doesn’t get us any of Alberta’s ill-gotten gains. But, more pathetically, it implied that, with the two premier’s agreeing, the Enbridge pipeline is ‘moving forward’ (I hate that phrase).
Well, it is, actually. But that decision to proceed with resource exploitation had nothing to do with them. We, the people, don’t really know what is happening. Not really. But we can assume the worst. The reason? Enbridge is not accountable to BC or even Alberta. The proposed pipeline is 100% a Federal affair. It is Harper and Harper alone that casts the vote. Given his recent legislative changes to Federal environmental law that makes the decision to proceed easier, and his announcements in Asia that ‘it will happen’, and the increase in pipe construction going on, the continuance of surveying and ground crew work and the many hundreds of contracts being let, my guess is that Redford and Clark are simply posturing like groupies with smiles and pig squeals hoping to be invited to the party.
Enbridge has been a done deal since it was announced. Environmental studies were NOT done or ignored or made unnecessary by the Feds. The people’s voice was controlled, limited and is being ignored. Northern Gateway hearings, my butt! Every member of that panel was a Harper appointee and each appointee was plucked from the Petroleum sector!
Given his announcement in SE Asia, Harper may have already received some money for the oil………? He has certainly allowed SINOC (ChinaOIL) to buy stakes in the tar-sludge. And he has pretty much rammed through an agreement with China that states that they will make all decisions on trade matters….so, it is not hard to guess where this is all going.
China is going imperialist on oil and Canada is looking to be a colony. Which may cause some friction with our US owners who already control so much of what is Canadian. Did you know that CN Rail (the only transnational rail line in Canada – the one given so much land by government) was privatised and sold off in the 1990’s? Did you know that Bill Gates is the largest single shareholder of ‘our’ national railway?
But all that lying, cheating, greed and environmental destruction is not really news, is it? Hasn’t that been the robber baron mentality so prevalent for so long- even before the Industrial Revolution? Haven’t we been breeding pigs for a long time?
And will we ever do anything about it? The answer is no. We will never do anything about it and the reason for that is ‘they‘ have established ways for the public to protest and they call those ways ‘democracy’. It is a false democracy, of course, but we have bought it. So we protest by electing people who have to do what their party tells them to do and, of course, our party choice is severely limited to two or three. So you can choose to protest by way of door #1 or door #2.
And both doors lead to the feeding trough.