When done right and accounting for the environment -- and it can be done right -- whether lumber, mined materials, or the export of oil and natural gas, Canada's greater prosperity is helped when politicians follow the advice of Canada's founding fathers and consider the greater prosperity of the entire country.
I'm beginning to feel sorry for Premier Christy Clark. She is a very nice person, personable and able to speak. What she is not capable of doing is speaking sensibly or making decisions that make sense. It seems obvious to me that she is getting wretched advice and nowhere is this more evident than on the pipeline issue.
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.
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.