As a B.C. resident, I am appalled at the behaviour of the Alberta premier. We are all one country and should recognize and appreciate our differences and value what each province has to offer, not destroy it. Very childish behaviour for someone in her position. B.C. is just as passionate about our coastline as Ms. Notley is about her bottom line i.e. Trans Mountain pipeline. How about we put a pipeline through Banff and Jasper National Parks? If it is so safe, it should not be a problem right? Let us all think of the bigger picture here, not just how fat our wallets will be. How much will Ms. Notley be compensating B.C. and its residents when our coastline is destroyed? We rely on our coastline not just for its beauty but also for industry. Probably not many B.C. residents will be spending their hard earned money this summer travelling to your province especially if you gouge us on gas prices. Is this how you treat your neighbour?
(Seriously? No one is looking to destroy anything.)
WRONG MOVE, ALBERTA
Where did the NDP get the idea that holding B.C. hostage, would help, or endear them to the Albertans? Alberta is under fire by the world and those locally. We, as Albertans, would never tolerate being treated this way. Why do we think it’s alright to treat others in this manner. I have been born and raised Albertan and am ashamed. They say jobs and I say wrong industry to invest the future. The pipelines are not the future. How do persons feel knowing that the oil industry controls our government? We have become wimps. They are the bullies and we let it happen. That they are able to bully governments in other provinces and pin federal government down, too. The oil industry has us held hostage. Albertans should not be paying what we do. They punish us, saying that B.C. is the cause. The oil industry is the creator of the issue and should be dealt with like a disobedient child. Sometimes a good spanking is what is needed with a long-term discipline plan. I will never agree with the plan of the pipelines. We are short sighted in this way and have put up with it. Have we asked, “Where is our clean water coming from, and what is in it”. Cancer on the rise and so is diabetes. Why?
APRIL VAN BUUL
(We need oil every single day.)
JUST GET ALONG
I worked for a large Alberta company with head offices in Calgary. At that time, our company worked in many Canadian provinces, and I would like to recall projects in B.C. in which I was personally involved. As a new employee, I started to work on Nechako River dam project,which supplies electrical power for aluminium smelters in Kitimat. In 1972, we moved to building natural gas pipelines from Ft. Nelson to Abbotsford, where lines are crossing to the U.S.A. Involved B.C. people liked this pipeline and income from it so much we have to build a parallel pipeline. Then we moved to build the Mica Dam on the Columbia River. After we rebuilt the Great Eastern railroad. We worked in different coal mines as well. I can name only these projects, in which I was personally involved, in seven years working for this company. I don’t know what projects were built before or after my time. At that time, it never crossed my mind that the people from an Alberta company should be treated differently from all other citizens of Canada. Anybody can see huge benefits for people of B.C. and Canada just from projects I mentioned and I was involved in. I cannot understand why people force their politics of division between Canadians and robbing us all of tremendous opportunity to take responsible managing of our resources.
(Building nations is a lot of work.)
MIND YOUR MANNERS
Cam McDonald, I would suggest you are hilarious. First of all, Alberta boys are taught some common sense at a young age that we don’t pee on our hands. Secondly, we are taught not to pee into the wind, and third on the list we don’t bite the hand that feeds us. With such desperate leaders in Alberta and to the left of us, it really is no wonder at all why it’s been such a bad few years.
(Neighbours are now bitter rivals. Good job, ‘leaders’.)
THAT’S NOT ALL B.C.
Elizabeth May thinks she is Theresa May. Unfortunately, the unholy alliance that she has forged with the accidental NDP minority government in B.C. gives her the power to bring down a nation. Is that what Canadians want? Where are the B.C.ers that want the pipeline? They are not on the coast. They are not pretending to be California. Supporters of the pipeline are in the beautiful interior of the province and need to voice their concern. Albertans have invested money, not to speculate but to enjoy the beauty of that part of the province and pay their fair share of land transfer tax, property tax, HST, grocery, liquor and fuel sales, support of local business — marine sales, moorage, services, local trades for improvements, maintenance/ management services and so on. Get real and ask those places, Sicamous, Revelstoke, Golden, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, etc., if they want to do without Alberta spending in their economies. When I first went to B.C., they were happy to take my money but had resentment for me being there, much like my first visit to Quebec decades ago. When I kept going back and showing genuine respect and a sense of community, I was accepted. That is the way I treat Canadians no matter where I go. That is the way Albertans need to be treated now. I think if I went back to B.C., it would feel like going to Quebec the first time and the same today!
(Annexation of all parts east of Kamloops might be a good start.)
WE NEED IT!
People should stop and think for a moment where our lives would be without hydrocarbons. Yes, I’m talking about oil. Without a reliable, affordable energy source, we would not have the quality of life we all enjoy today (that includes you, Dr. David Suzuki and all the rest of the environmentalists). We all have what I call F3, Fossil Fuel Footprint. Now some of us might have a smaller F3, ie: you drive a Prius while I drive a diesel pick-up truck, but you still have an F3. Which makes you somewhat of a hypocrite because there are hydrocarbons used to make your Prius and they can be traced all the way back to the ore mined to get the materials to make your car (the same goes for a bicycle, by the way). What about electricity? Even a solar panel or wind turbine has F3. Could you imagine if you or a loved one needed urgent life-saving surgery and the hospital says “we’re sorry we can’t operate because it’s cloudy and calm”? Wouldn’t that be a game changer for you environmentalists! Look, we should take environmental stewardship seriously. We shouldn’t pollute for the sake of polluting, got it. But our lives would be a lot sorrier if it wasn’t for gas and oil. A smart environmentalist would use hydrocarbons as a means to an end. We need that reliable and affordable energy source to research and develop a more green way to continue to enjoy what we have today.
(There are no grey areas for a lot of people.)
WE NEED JUSTICE
Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. In light of your $328 -million budget allocation to study and address gang and gun violence, I ask how alleged gangster Nick Chan could be released back into the public on some time-limit technicality? To call Mr. Chan’s release a failure of our criminal justice system would be a huge understatement. While I know Liberals love to study issues, spend money on left-wing consultant friends, implement costly and ineffective recommendations and continually “listen to Canadians” … it is time for some common-sense action regarding our courts and penal system. I request you consider some simple Conservative common sense. Get all the numerous court vacancies across Canada filled immediately and invest the initial $328 million (and $100 million each year after five years) on new judge positions and prison upgrades. If additional funding is required, take it from your “terrorist repatriation and rehabilitation” budget!
R.V. (BOB) HOWLAND
(The phrase ‘soft on crime’ is synonymous with Liberals.)
HERE’S THE BLAME
I certainly agree with the taxpayers who are worried about what the 2026 Olympics will do to their taxes. Don’t forget when the 1988 Games were held, Alberta was being run properly with the Lougheed and Getty governments collecting proper royalties and taxes, which Klein, Stelmach and Redford destroyed, putting us in this financial mess we are in. You can’t give away billions of the people’s oil wealth along with huge tax breaks, close their hospitals, hospital beds, cut 5,000 nursing positions and cut millions off our education system and dump deregulation onto the backs of the people without it creating a problem down the road. Now we have another former Liberal turned Reformer, Jason Kenney, promising to carry on where Klein left off. No increase in taxes or royalties for his rich friends. He will fix everything by slashing billions of government spending by dumping the costs onto the backs of the people with a lot more privatization, like his hero Klein did. Doctors tell us his plans for a lot more privatized health care is a great way for him to help his rich friends by giving them first priority to our health-care system, creating a nightmare for the rest of us. Why wouldn’t it?
(Congrats. That’s some fearmongering at its finest.)
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TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
There are those who are claiming the support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline is growing, which bodes well for its implementation. Support across Canada and even in B.C. could be 99%, but the key players are who will seal the fate of the project. The B.C. NDP cannot support the Kinder Morgan project, without losing the support of the three Green MLAs. The NDP already defied ‘premier’ Andrew Weaver with supporting Site C. The other major player and the only one that really matters is Kinder Morgan itself, and they have other projects to choose from internationally. Kinder Morgan has mounting losses and will most likely pull the plug. They are accountable to shareholders. All B.C. needs to do is to obstruct for a month or two and they win. They also have no interest in the federal government or Alberta buying their stake. The irony is that if Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau enforced the constitution’s “Division of Powers” jurisdiction granted to Ottawa, and said “we are proceeding, now move out of the way”, then we would not be foregoing this project of national interest. Welcome to Venezuela North. Finally, there is the nexus of this project vis a vis the NAFTA negotiations. Can you imagine the tweets if President Donald Trump were to make the claim that a Texas-based company is being unfairly treated under current NAFTA rules. The U.S. president’s unpredictability is perhaps why Ottawa is scrambling to save KM in the 11th hour (final stretch) of the NAFTA negotiations.
(It still comes down to B.C.’s leadership being difficult.)
BIN THERE, DONE THAT
What’s the point of making smaller trash bins? The next thing you know, they’re too small. It will probably take the same time, labour and maintenance to pick up a smaller bin, as it does to pick up the bin everyone has now. The problem is not the size of the bin. The problem is the frequency of the pickups. I challenge council to get on a bus, at 5:30 a.m. and drive to a neighbourhood having their green bins picked up. Then, looking in the bins and see for themselves the small amounts of compostable items being put out weekly, in the late fall to early spring. This is costing the city many dollars in time, labour and maintenance. Reduce the frequency and this will reduce the cost. I have not put out my green bin since the last week of October. It’s only half full. In there now is a pumpkin and about 10 compostable green bags. Everything, we could possibly put in there, went in there. These people who put their green bins out every time must not be eating all of there dinners. How wasteful. There are people starving, Calgary. Green bins in the winter should be picked up monthly. Spring, summer and fall, that’s a different story. Now that the city knows I haven’t put out my green bin in almost six months, over the winter, will I receive a refund?
(No refund for you, Nelson. And the green bin pickup schedule is being changed next fall, as you suggest.)
I am so sick of the left-leaning governments in this once great country. We have a prime minister whose favourite political example is communist China. He has stated publicly in the past he has a strong disdain for Alberta and that the oilsands should be phased out. Then there’s Rachel Notley/Joe Ceci. They have gone out of their way to kill Alberta’s oil and gas industry, yet they blame the price of crude for all their financial woes. These are the people that are going to fight for Alberta? Both of these hack parties state they are dedicated to saving the planet by taxing carbon but really, they are just lining their own pockets and driving the country into huge debt. Then there’s the B.C. NDP, propped up by the eco-terrorist Green Party, who love to puff out their chest and pronounce they are protecting their coast from nasty oil spills by fighting any pipeline expansion. Meanwhile, they allow the dumping of millions of gallons of raw sewage into those same pristine waters and approve a pipeline from the States to carry rocket fuel into the greater Vancouver area. Face the facts. The left-leaning parties in this country want nothing more than to eliminate capitalism. That way they become the top “1%” and get rid of any competition. God help us!
(These are troubling times.)
Very informative article by Marcus Kolga in the Sunday Comment section. Not really news, however. Stalinist disinformation campaigns have been going on right here in Canada since my school days. Hip leftist teachers were preaching to me about the glories of collectivism/environmentalism/social activism in grade school. That was half a century ago. The only difference between now and then is the digital deluge of crapola flooding the planet by internet, which just makes the narrative pattern easier to spot. For make no mistake: we little monsters knew it was all a crock straight away but played it for all it was worth to get good marks. Our mamas didn’t raise no complete fools! Looks like the last disinformation campaign suckered those West Coast lordlings real good, though. Nice. Such egotistical saps deserve horse-drawn ambulances and 20-mule-team fire trucks.
(They don’t want the pipeline but gobble up oil like nobody’s business.)
RIPPED OFF AT PUMPS
So, gasoline has jumped again. In fact it has jumped 21 cents a litre in the last three weeks where I fill up while a barrel of oil has only risen $4. I’m not sure if many people know the makeup of a barrel of oil, so here goes — 73 litres of gasoline, 35 litres of diesel, 14 litres of fuel oil, 13 litres of jet fuel and 28 litres of products used in industries. Let’s do the math. On 73 litres of gasoline and an increase of 21 cents a litre that adds up to $15.33, so not even counting the other products involved can someone tell me what’s going on? A few weeks back people were losing their minds over a bread scam of a few pennies, I lose my mind over fuel costs. Please Calgary Sun, get one of your reporters on this and convince me that I’m wrong.
(One of life’s great annoyances.)
WHAT A CROCK
B. C. Premier Hogan claims that his concern about the Kinder Morgan pipeline is the possibility of the pollution that would be caused by a possible oil spill. Where is his concern about the 24/7 for more that 100 years of the dumping of raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean by the city of Victoria? Why isn’t anyone challenging him on his double speak about pollution? All of the protesters that are lining up on the Kinder Morgan site, if they have time to protest day after day, who is paying their mortgages, food, child-care and other living expenses. We know who is paying Elizabeth May’s salary but who is paying all of the other protesters? They cannot all be independently wealthy. Something to think about and inquire into.
(B.C. acts like it has never done anything wrong to the environment.)
Source : http://torontosun.com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor-april-22/wcm/1643ee72-657d-4c98-85e0-d8b07c543c48