FORSETH – Let’s end the petty politics on Coastal GasLink pipeline project

Coastal GasLink photo showing trees lying across the Morice River Forest Service Road, which the hereditary chiefs took responsibility for cutting down. It’s estimated more than 100 trees have been cut down on a three-kilometre section of the public road.

DAY AFTER DAY the NDP government of John Horgan has continued to do little by way of stepping in to assist in the resolution of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs blockading the rightful, and legal, work plans of Coastal GasLink.

Meantime, for some strange reason, Opposition leader Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals are calling for the head of Forests Minister Doug Donaldson.

Over six and a half billion dollars are involved in Coastal GasLinks pipeline project, which will travel a path from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s export terminal will be constructed.

I would first like to take this opportunity to remind Wilkinson that Michelle Mungall is in fact the Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, not Doug Donaldson (although Donaldson should indeed be canned for his complete mismanagement of B.C.’s forest sector).

Secondly, I would also like to commend the most recent efforts of Coastal GasLink, in writing to the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en with the hopes of discussing issues of concern to them, in the hopes this initiative can be successful in resolving the impasse.

Along with those continuing efforts, however, British Columbians should be demanding that Premier John Horgan’s government come out clearly on where they stand.

For too long this government has seemed satisfied to simply watch from the sidelines, hoping the illegal roadblocks and road closures will simply go away.  Well, they’re not, despite the B.C. Supreme Court granting multiple injunctions informing protesters to clear the way so that work can continue on the project.

British Columbians need to know that this government is committed to seeing this pipeline project through! The jobs and livelihood of many British Columbians are at stake … along with the financial well-being of numerous businesses, including those headed by First Nations individuals, who are working with Coastal GasLink on this project.

Let’s end the petty politics being played by the BC Liberals … and let’s get the provincial government off the sidelines, and onto the playing field!

Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past and current member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.

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7 Comments on FORSETH – Let’s end the petty politics on Coastal GasLink pipeline project

  1. Are you calling for government intervention? What happened to the “laissez faire” credo, Allan?

  2. Tony Brumell // January 10, 2020 at 11:33 AM // Reply

    Great Allen .When people like you keep pissing on First Nations what chance at any kind of equality do they have. CGL doesn’t give a dam about talks they will force the dam pipeline regardless of the historical and cultural damage it does. Horgan is a bloody hypocryte in passing UNDRIP but making sure that is of ZERO value.The RCMP must stop behaving like hired henchmen and thugs.

    • Sorry Tony but the only ones ‘pissing on’ First Nations people are a handful of hereditary Chiefs standing in the way of ‘EVERY elected’ band council along the route if the pipeline that have given approval for construction to go ahead … skilled Indigenous trades people denied access to their work site .., along with numerous First Nations businesses that have been contracted for the Coastal Gaslink pipeline.

      Each and every one if THEM are the ones who should be “Pissed Off”

      • Tony Brumell // January 11, 2020 at 1:44 PM //

        I guess I should have expected that from you. The “elected chief and council ” is a system of government that was forced on F/N by the “controling” indian act.It was put in place so that “The Indians ” could be controlled.The indian act needs to be scrapped if any justice is to prevail in Canada. Their traditional gov’t was never repealed just like their land was never given away.
        Don’t bother with a response Allen, it and you are too predictable .

  3. Ian M MacKenzie // January 10, 2020 at 6:27 AM // Reply

    It seems to me that Horgan, in following the lead of our previous government and embracing LNG whole heartedly, has already come out of the bushes. We don’t need more fossil fuel distribution around the world for the sake of a few immediate jobs that will spell the end of our civilization let alone our long term economy. We need, instead, a hugely subsidized transition to renewables that may prolong a world which we should be leaving our descendants. The myopic and captured governments at all three levels of our society are not stewards for our young, they are enablers for a fossilized industry guaranteeing that this century may quite clearly be the last remaining for homo sapiens as we have known them. I won’t go into the innumerable symptoms underlining this inevitable result. Anybody who can read is being hammered by them every day.

  4. This pipeline project is going to be a long, draw out process. Hopefully a peaceful resolution can me found with the First Nations land use and the new pipeline.

    On the home front, it looks like a battle line has been drawn over the twinning of the pipeline through Westsyde.
    The golden questions: Were the housing developments built on top of the pipeline right of way? Was the pipeline in place first? What agreement was drawn up between the City of Kamloops and TMPL for this to happen?
    Does Councillor Walsh have any chance in making his motion to “relocate the pipeline” gain any traction in light of history?
    Did the Industrial Revolution change the course of history and human influence on the world’s climate?

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