EDITORIAL Please make John and Rachel stop their game of silly buggers

Let’s keep it friendly.

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

SOME WOULD CALL what’s going on between B.C. and Alberta brinkmanship. Some would call it the politics of confrontation.

I’d call it playing silly buggers.

First, B.C. gives notice it wants to put a hold on increases to pipeline bitumen until it can do more study on spill responses. Alberta gets mad.

John pushes Rachel, Rachel pushes John, and tempers flare.

Rachel bans B.C. wine from Alberta.

Can anyone tell me what a black, sludgy, sticky mixture of hydrocarbons has to do with a nice glass of Chardonnay?

I think I know who gets the better deal on that exchange.


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1 Comment on EDITORIAL Please make John and Rachel stop their game of silly buggers

  1. Trish Keegan // February 7, 2018 at 11:59 AM // Reply

    How about sending Ms. Notley a nice bottle of Burrard Inlet or Georgia Strait ocean water containing bitumen and a dead fish? Maybe then she’ll understand B.C.’s position on another pipeline and more tankers in the jewel of our province.

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