It was back in 2009 when I first started blogging about the Northern Gateway project, with a post about Enbridge’s “stealth marketing” techniques. Lower than low, they planned to target children with pipeline propaganda disguised as educational information…presented by the former mayor of Prince George, Colin Kinsley.
Of course now it’s 2012 and after so many years, the debate over this project is finally regular food for thought by pundits, protestors and politicians across Canada -and rightfully so. It’s yet another sell off to the Chinese and finally someone called it like it really is.
If you haven’t read it yet, Terry Glavin did an outstanding job of summing up exactly how our governments are kowtowing to the Chinese in a rather slavish manner with respect to Enbridge and other initiatives. He even talks about the whole Richard Fadden/CSIS/Chinese influence over Canadian politicians incident -something I’ve blogged about with great interest in the past. And I applaud him for all of it – thank you Mr. Glavin, for asking the tough questions no politicians seem to want to answer. Not even here in B.C.
Our provincial liberals have long cultivated with great effort, a business relationship with China that goes far beyond what our current farce of a premier has initiated. To hear Christy speak, you would think she had just recently discovered China herself, and she has gone to great lengths to pander to the Chinese overseas to continue what her predecessor Campbell started.
Even worse, in a time when jobs are growing ever more scarce because of this continual offloading to China, the federal and provincial government even allowed a Chinese mine to open here in BC – and bring Chinese workers with them…that was brought to our attention back in October of last year by Sarbjit ( Bobby) Deepak , a reader up north who is outraged by the hypocritical government policies and actions perpetuated by each BC Liberal in office.
“When all resources – food, wildlife, trees, fuel – are destroyed, man will not be able to eat money.”
So we have a pipeline threat up north, we have mines with foreign workers, logs disappearing whole into freighters overseas, what else could they sell and plunder?
Ah, don’t forget arguably one of our most precious treasures here in BC, some of the best, most fertile farmland in the country…and it all ties in- again- to the ports and trade with China.
The headline screams ” Port’s hunger for farmland a ‘declaration of war’. “
Metro Vancouver politicians are up in arms after Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester told them more Agricultural Land Reserve farmland should be sacrificed to make way for more port expansion and the jobs that will bring.
Silvester made the presentation Thursday at a special strategy session of the Metro board in Chilliwack, where he described the ALR as emotionally but not economically important to the region and said more must be done to ensure land is available for industry.
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said it’s clear Port Metro Vancouver wants to rework the ALR and press ahead with further industrialization of farmland.
Interesting to note that even the dubious and calculated land purchases of BC rail in the Delta heartland is mentioned,something that again, plays into the port expansion and trade with China.
And yet, to what end will it be that the vast majority of British Columbians will get it? What I see is the same people, protesting the same causes over and over again, tirelessly and without relent… but what about everyone else? What will it take to wake the masses up on a scale that we take back what our families have worked for to make this fine province, this fine country, what it is?
Even the North American Perimeter agreement, the first real step towards integration with the United States of America, was too confusing for most people to understand, let alone get up in arms about. This too, in my opinion, is a serious matter that went all but untouched by local media, even though the implications are far reaching and affect each of us in one way or another.
It was portrayed as a way to enhance border security against all those horrific threats to
North America meaning the United States of course, and make it easier for truckers to get across the border, however the less talked about portion of the agreements is the most alarming. And when you look at the Regulatory Council Cooperation Action Plan, it’s all about streamlining business and approvals for cross border business and initiative.
Read this excerpt from an email that came to me back in December ( and I do apologize for not being able to blog about it until now)
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Subject: Are you ready for a new Environmental Assessment Act in Canada?
You know, this re-assessment of the Environmental Assessment Act may have much to do with the new Border Security agreement announced today.
There is much of this agreement that is NOT being discussed in the press. I highly recommend that everyone read the document released in Feb regarding what this agreement covers.
Appendix 2 (beginning on page 21) in the PDF link above discusses various parts of the agreement.
There are 4 categories which will undergo change:
1) Agriculture and Food,
2) Energy and Environment,
3) Transportation and
4) Health and Consumer Products.
As an example, the Energy section lists this as one strategy:
“Streamline permissions for and construction of new cross-border energy infrastructure, e.g., a single Canada–U.S. regime for permitting oil and gas pipelines.”
See what I am saying? Canadian environmental guidelines will be changed in a big way
Bingo. I’ve read all the documents easily available on the American government site and I agree that the vast majority of the agreement sets us up for integration with the US, and makes it easier for the US to send their goods to Canada, thereby bettering their economic outlook… yet possibly making it harder for Canadians to know what it is they are buying and what is in it.
For example.Canada and the States have very different views to hormones in livestock thus sold as meat to consumers, and in milk and milk products. This new agreement suggests that Canada and the US should create joint guidelines to facilitate trade between our countries… see where I am going here? It is not a good thing, in my opinion.
Phew. Yes, I know, it’s all so much at one time, but it must be said. This is my truth.
Harper must go. The BC Liberals must go. And if the BC NDP intend to lead this province they had better be ready to come out swinging on a variety of real issues, with real solutions, because the BC Conservatives are gaining popularity in many areas of the province in spite of being led by Reed Elley, a perceived “religious zealot”. ( for the record, Mr. Elley sent me a lovely message on facebook last year, stating that while we may not agree on all issues, he admired and respected that I get the important dialogues started. Considering our vast differences on many issues, I found that a very admirable overture – and a strategic one as well. )
It’s up to each of you to continue to spread the word, to urge others to explore, learn and inform and demand accountability from all politicians, at all levels.
Your province depends on it.