Maybe I was mistaken, maybe that`s pie in the sky dreaming, poll after poll has BCers rejecting oil tankers on our Northern coast by 80%...A high number for sure, we have a vibrant coastline, wild salmon and tourism, fisheries and shellfish employ hundreds of thousands of workers and countless livlihoods.
I don`t believe the BIG OIL Tar Sand lobby should dictate what happens on our coast, I don`t believe Ontario, Quebec or Atlantic Canada should dictate what risk we should take.
If a giant oil tanker wrecked near Haida Gwaii or in the Hecate Strait it would be an environmental disaster, there would be no cleaning it up, it would be gone for generations, we would lose countless salmon runs, we would probably lose our Orca for all time....We can`t risk what we don`t own and what we can`t replace...Atlantic Canada lost their fishery decades ago due to bad fishing practices, bottom dragging destroyed natural cones, dragging heavy beams along the bottom caught everything but what it also did was destroy the nursery for baby fish, it turned a pristine bottom to a muddy broken eco system and the cod fishery collapsed, and the saddest part of the Atlantic Coast cod collapse was...DFO scientists told their bosses the cod was going to vanish, they plead their case to no avail, politics, Federal politicians garnering votes in Atlantic Canada buried the data and let it happen....It was no accident, the science was ignored....The Tar Sand lobby doesn`t care about fish, just profits!
So when Christy Clark makes this statement I have to wonder who she represents.....
OTTAWA - B.C. Premier Christy Clark praised Tuesday the importance of the oilsands industry to Canada’s economy but refused to budge from her fence-sitting position on the controversial proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C.
“Certainly in British Columbia we recognize the big contribution that the oilsands make to Canada and to our national economy,” Clark told reporters after a meeting with Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in Edmonton.
Christy Clark didn`t stop there, for what she said next was enough to make my skin crawl