Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
So I’ll spare you the extra thousand words I might have added to express how offended I am that Canada’s prime minister is off gallivanting in India , instead of dealing with the most serious problem now facing our nation.
Namely, the escalating dispute over the Kinder Morgan project and the threat it poses to Canada’s national interest in advancing reconciliation.
The international media is now reporting that his Indian trip "is best described as a slow-moving train wreck …”
The same might be said about his disastrous journey at home in his approach to reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples in respect of the Trans Mountain pipeline fiasco.
That project and its opponent “host” First Nations are about as compatible as oil and water.
The provocative way in which it is being imposed on British Columbia by the Trudeau government, in flagrant contempt of the “R” word that should be Canada’s top priority, is lighting a match on a volatile situation .
No one should minimize or underestimate how that conflict is inflaming the ire of so many Aboriginal communities, not just in B.C., but across our country.
It threatens to provoke another clash with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, the likes of which has not been seen since the dark days of Oka , Ipperwash , Gustafsen Lake , Burnt Church , Apex Mountain, Duffy Lake, and Seton Portage.
The deep anger and sense of betrayal in Trudeau’s inept handling of that file is rapidly rolling east and will not be easily contained.
Like a heavy oil spill, it is now floating just under the surface of an increasingly turbulent political sea. One that no boom from Alberta or bluster from Trudeau can stifle or skirt.
On March 10, that stain on our nation is about to get very real.
Members of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation will be kicking off a mass mobilization, labelled “Protect the Inlet” .
Their mission? To “send a clear message to Prime Minister Trudeau: the Kinder Morgan pipeline will never be built.”
It is “just the beginning” of an ongoing initiative also named “ Kwekwecnewtxw” ( “a place to watch from”), described as “a powerful, mass and creative non-violent action to protect [B.C.’s] water, land and the climate”.
While Justin Trudeau gleefully poses for photo ops in front of the Taj Mahal, the nation he failed by breaking his election promise on the Kinder Morgan review process is on the cusp of a constitutional crisis.Whether Trudeau knows it or not, Canada is about to cross a “reconciliation Rubicon” from which there will be no turning back.While he is off glad-handing politicians in India to promote trade, the country he left behind in his rush to triple the flow of unrefined tar sands oil to the Pacific is now facing the prospect of a full-blown internal trade war. Courtesy of Alberta premier Rachel Notley.He should think about this: Alberta and British Columbia’s two-way trade is worth about $33 billion—more than four times the $8 billion in trade in 2016 between Canada and India.Alberta and B.C. each export over $16 billion worth of goods and service to the other—more than the entire $15-billion trade goal that Canada and India had set and failed to meet by 2015, in only getting halfway.Ho, hum. Nothing to write home about.To say nothing of the other social, environmental, and economic risks that has got so many British Columbians hopping mad about the Trans Mountain expansion project .No biggie. Nothing that warrants our prime minister’s undivided attention back in Canada.In any case, he has left his mess in no less incapable hands, in the person of Natural Resources […]
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