When B.C. Premier Christy Clark outlined her five conditions last month for possibly approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, her demand for a "fair share" of Alberta's petro-royalities brought howls and screams of outrage from east of the Rockies. The media depiction of Clark's conditions as something new is completely inaccurate.
Clark is the perfect stereotype of a career politico. She has shown that just because you can get it elected it doesn't mean you can govern. Clark's latest smoke-and-mirror act -- in which she requested B.C. receive a "fair share" of the Enbridge pipeline proceeds -- hit the national stage with a thud.
Well, the feisty dust-up between she-premiers Christy Clark of British Columbia and Allison Redford of Alberta has been a lot of things, but a feminine puff of perfumed air into our muddy phallocracy isn't one of them. When writing about a high-profile disagreement between two powerful women, one should always be sensitive, and avoid lapsing into lazy, sexist cliches. Unless, of course, you're a female writer.
The Conservative government has launched a full-on attack against environmentalists who oppose the Northern B.C. pipeline. Where is Premier Christy Clark during all this? She's either nowhere, desperately trying to sit on the fence as her constituents come under assault, or she's siding with the bullies.