“The fact of the matter is this, ladies and gentleman: the international jihadist movement has declared war. They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they would think and act. They have declared war and are already executing it on a massive scale on a whole range of countries with which they are in contact,…. And they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom, openness and tolerance. And we may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away and the reality is we are going to have to confront it….. We want to make sure that we get a balance – that we protect the rights of Canadians and also the security of Canadians. We must protect both”. – Prime Minster Stephen Harper, January 8, 2015.
In what can only be seen as the Conservatives distancing themselves from growing national dissent against the pipeline industry, in an interview with CBC News, Industry Minister James Moore indicated the federal government had done all it could to help the development of the Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway pipelines.
The onus was now on Kinder Morgan and Enbridge to successfully navigate their way through the concerns of First Nations and Canadians, the conditions layed out by the environmental agency reviews and those of British Columbia and the municipalities.
For several years now, the Conservatives threw most of their capital behind the oilsands industry and its necessary infrastructure to transport that oil to market, the pipelines. I covered their unwillingness to realize they had lost the public’s trust because of the single-minded pursuit of their energy development policies and the absolute need for social license in today’s era of resource development.
Further to the last post on our federal government and pipeline companies’ inability to adjust to a paradigm shift in the energy development arena, the Canadian Youth delegation, along with 60 signatories such as Greenpeace Canada, Canadian Labour Congress and Sierra Club Canada, wrote an open letter to the Harper government demanding action on climate change.
The letter is found on one of the signatory’s, Rabble.ca, web site, and can be read by clicking on the link above.
The gauntlet has been thrown, months from the next federal election. The door is also open for Mr. Mulcair or Mr. Trudeau to take a strong stance with Canadian youth, First Nations and all concerned Canadians about climate change and Canada’s detrimental stance.
The following are a couple of exerts from the open letter :
“We, the Canadian Youth Delegation, stand alongside the millions of young people worldwide who refuse to inherit a planet in crisis. We stand beside Indigenous peoples, front-line communities, people of colour and low income populations who are living the frightening realities and injustices of climate change, and who will continue to be disproportionately impacted in the absence of sufficient action.”
“You have the opportunity to be a leader in creating a just transition to a clean energy future, but you consistently fail to rise to the challenge. By now, any excuses for delay have long expired, yet we anticipate with heavy hearts that you will continue to stall negotiations at COP 20 and promote carbon-intensive projects at home. If this is the case, we will continue to challenge the ongoing development of the single most destructive development anywhere on Earth, and we will not give up until you acknowledge and take urgent and ambitious action to demonstrate that our future is more important to you than the money in your pockets, the oil on your hands, or the power you hold. To us, our future is everything, and we will do all that we can to protect it. Let it echo through the halls and boardrooms of every legislating body and corporate headquarters in this country: we deserve better.”