EDITORIAL – Illegal anti-pipeline protests run risk of stirring up racism

Lt.-Gov Janet Austin delivers Throne Speech. (Image: Screenshot)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

THE THRONE SPEECH yesterday was more than a nothing burger — to borrow from a trend in meat-like products these days, it was a beyond-nothing burger.

Doesn’t matter; it was over-shadowed by the pipeline protesters outside the Ledge anyway.

When I wrote a few days ago that it’s time to put a stop to protests, I was talking about the Trans Mountain pipeline and the fact it’s a done deal.

Since then, protests against the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline project have exploded. There was even one near TRU where traffic was held up for a short time.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – Illegal anti-pipeline protests run risk of stirring up racism

  1. It might be worthwhile looking back at the account of the shooting of Dudley George at Ipperwash Provincial Park, Ontario in 1995.
    According to an on-line news article, the shooter of Dudley George died in a motor vehicle incident the following year. Some called it a result of “bad karma”.
    Let us hope that history can teach us something and these present situations will not escalate.

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