To the Editor,
Oil and water don’t mix like peaches and cream; even if served on fine china by a scientifically correct just society, they are not mother’s milk.
Father Pierre, it may be remembered by son Justin, observed that an evil magician’s apprentice, with a magical conservative sleight of hand, could divide the national resources from federal civil fiduciary obligations, leaving the spoils for the provinces to manage without any civil responsibility attached.
Since the (divided they fall) agenda, each province staked out and manages its own resources; for Alberta it was single-mindedly oil; for B.C. it was conserving the pristine recreational environment resting since 1858 on stewardship and good governance under law promised by James Douglas; to be passed in a maintained state on to the next generation.
That is our renewable, marketable world treasure.That promise of stewardship and use of heritage assets by B.C., still lies with Canada however, since federal creation of the reservation in 1876. Under what conditions and for what civil purpose may these assets be used and by whom going forward, as was promised by the Crown, is still at issue.
Mulroney’s wand was not designed to control our resource pricing; the cartels do that.
Consultation and consensus on a national level are required by the rightful owners. That was intentionally avoided at that time by Brian, and did not happen then. “The pipeline project will go ahead,” it was asserted, “if need be, one Band at a time”. Capital from the stock exchanges can grease a lot of installed liaison officers’ pockets; one Band at the time (divided they are conquered), it was thought.
The owners of the pipeline don’t own the land they bury their pipe in, nor the resources which they insist are theirs to use and manage in B.C., however the natives do! And that was not granted in B.C.! And why federal fiduciary responsibility was not triggered by Brian’s magic touch, is still at issue; because B.C.’s responsibility predates Canada. That is the reason why all sincere citizens should join with all their hearts and souls to stand with our native brothers and sisters in our fight to conserve at least our resource, the treasured, pristine environment from ungranted corporate abuse. The time is long overdue!