Canadian politics. Apologies. No choice.
We have laws. They are painstakingly considered, drafted and passed – or so the story goes. Then, we enforce them.
Well, we enforce them AGAINST the people, anyway. AGAINST the people. But NOT SO MUCH the corporations. NOT SO MUCH the institutions. And, lo and behold, NOT SO MUCH AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT ITSELF!
Consider the National Energy Board (NEB) (itself a flawed institution embarked on a biased mission for a corrupt industry). It goes about undertaking a permitting process for Kinder Morgan (KM) to build a pipeline. And, despite obvious bias, conflict of interests and blatant violations, this corrupted body rubber stamps the permit and KM starts to build.
Surprised by that? No one was. We saw that evil acted out on Northern Gateway.
But the naughty ‘people’ also stood in the way this time, too. They protested. They sued. They defied. They resisted. Some of them even went to jail (Jean Swanson), others were charged and were fined (Elizabeth May) and countless hundreds of others were harassed, charged, convicted, have records and are ‘known to police’ (not to mention having lost time at school, work and at home).
But, lo and behold: the courts eventually agreed with some of the protesters arguments, declare the NEB process flawed (and, by association, government actions and maybe even corporate actions also NOT 100% law abiding) and order everyone to ‘do it all again’.
“Do the process over, guys. You did NOT even follow your own rules.”
To be fair, that is NOT the biggest part of the problem. Checks and balances. Mistakes will be made. Life’s not perfect. The courts stepped in. What’s not to like?
The problem is that the government did so many more things wrong, not the worst of which was the NEB process. And the worst was done AFTER the ruling! Probably the worst, by far, is that Trudeau promised the pipeline again and Alberta wants the promise kept. Kinder Morgan saw a sucker and sold the useless, worthless mess they were stuck with to a hapless idiot (Trudeau) who probably bid and lost on the Brooklyn Bridge, too. He overpaid by a gazillion of the ‘people’s money’ for a 65 year-old pipe.
But, even that is not the WHOLE of the worst part. Governments pay too much for just about everything. He is just carrying on a long tradition of lining corporate pockets at taxpayers expense. His is just another abysmal moral failure in a long line of ugly acts from reneging on electoral reform to unkept promises on climate action and environmental protection. Justin simply oozed MORE slime.
The part that prompted this blog is even more cynical….Trudeau and Notley are promising to ‘rectify’ this awkward situation. Quickly. Notley wants it done NOW! Trudeau tells anyone who will listen that “The pipeline will be built!”
Unh…….what about the law, Justin? What about the law? What about the court ordering you to ‘do it all again and do it right’…?
“Never mind that! We’ll pass new legislation if we have to. We’ll find a way. We’ll ignore the law that is used against the people all day, every day. We’ll continue the pipeline work and we’ll just re-write a new law on this pipeline-thingy to suit us. Whatever. Never mind due process. Fuggedabout about obeying the law. We are going to ignore the ruling. We will build this pipeline and there is nothing you or the law can do to stop us!”
Do you want any more of a reason to see the government of Canada as corrupt? Or Trudeau’s and Notley’s, anyway? I think you YOU MUST include Harper and the Cons in this. It was him and his corrupt NEB board and process that was the rotten apple in the barrel that rotted everything from the get go.
Boring? Not worth a blog? You may be right…..but……..
……try this, dear reader: go break the law. Do it in public. Get charged. Get convicted. Then ignore the courts and go do what you wanted to do anyway. Do it publicly. Make promises. How long do you think you’d last? How long before you are arrested or even shot? How long are you gonna be in jail – NOT for the crime – but for contempt of court?
Go ahead…I dare you. You wanna see the deep corruption? Go protest the pipeline, the NEB, the permits issued……. and, even tho it is NOW recognized as a corrupt process…..go see if you do not still get arrested. You will. Trespassing. But that’s not the real test. The real test is to ignore the subsequent court order after that. Defy the court order. GO ON. Be like Justin. Be like Rachel. Just do it!
You will be in jail.
Justin will not.