By Letter to the Editor on February 25, 2020.
Democracy is the rule of the majority. Never will we have 100 per cent approval. In British Columbia, a legally approved LNG project is being held hostage (illegally) by a few protesters. Shockingly, protesters being interviewed by a newscaster did not know what products are carried through the LNG pipeline. Oil or bitumen was their standard answer.
Wow! Wow! Why don’t you know what you protest? Something to do because you don’t work. Why protesters in B.C. from all across Canada and the U.S.? What do they have in common with the hereditary Indigenous leaders? Hard to find an employer who gives paid leaves for weeks or months so you can join a protest. How do these protesters pay for their food, lodging, travel? Paid protesters?
Indigenous bands (all 20 out of 20) who have approved this project are concerned that they will lose the economic benefit of the LNG pipeline. The Mohawk band has now blockaded our rail system to protest the LNG pipeline. The threat to our economy is real. Missing Indigenous women, Indigenous people in jail, Indigenous children in foster care and land claims are now being introduced as reasons for the Mohawk blockade.
Hello! Let’s get real. It is an LNG pipeline that is being protested. Throwing the kitchen sink into the mix will not bring a resolution. Our illustrious prime minister has disappeared, this time on his ridiculous attempt to win a UN seat. Millions of taxpayer dollars thrown into the wind to win a UN Security Council seat that the majority of Canadians do not want. Sad!
Forget the UN seat and make some attempt at being a prime minister. Sitting on your hind end hoping conversation will somehow end the problem is like wishing on a falling star. Enforce the law and arrest the protesters. Please, please, no catch and release. Illegal protests like this will never end unless there is a cost to the protesters.
Propane is running out in Eastern Canada, groceries are not being delivered, commodities sit on rail sidings and farm incomes are being impacted. Try this in any other country and see what happens. The world is laughing at us.