Premier Christy Clark wins support for her position on pipelines
Despite what one would tend to gather from all of the recent noise and hoopla generated by the antipipeline faction in B.C., recent polls have shown that only about 35 percent of British Columbians are dead set against oil pipelines [“ Dix blasts B.C.’s approach to pipelines”, August 16-23]. The other two-thirds (the silent majority) want to know more before making up their minds.
That’s exactly the same position Premier Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberal government have taken on proposed oil pipelines, including the Northern Gateway project undergoing a federal environmental review.
From the start, Premier Clark and the B.C. Liberals have made it clear that hearing all the facts, and considering all the potential benefits and risks, before passing judgment on any project is an essential part of the process.
Premier Clark has also made it very clear that tough environmental standards would have to be achieved by any oil pipeline project, and that meaningful engagement with the affected First Nations communities would need to be clearly demonstrated.
Premier Clark’s position on oil pipelines shows it’s not just about the money. It’s about meeting key environmental and social objectives, which are just as important to the province as meeting key economic and fiscal objectives.
> Massimo Mandarino / Vancouver
I am astonished and disgusted to hear so much division among B.C.’s politicians. How can there be any question of what comes first? It has to be the best interests of British Columbians, and secondly those of all Canadians.
Let’s not be hypocrites, and put aside partisan politics when it comes to protecting and fostering B.C.’s interests.
The bottom line on this: I fully support our government’s position in all matters that clearly put our interests over those of Albertans or the federal government.
I am 100-percent Canadian, and I place our national interests ahead of those of other countries, but B.C. always comes first for me.
We support the poor and needy around the world, and so we should. But we do not have to worry about Albertans not making enough money.
In the case of building a pipeline across our land, exposing us to most of the environmental downside, our government must take the correct stance.
> H. Peter Kuehn / Kelowna