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.
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.