An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
IF YOU GOOGLE WET’SUWET’EN these days, most of what pops up is two weeks old.
The country has, at least temporarily, forgotten about the national economic crisis threatened by road, port and rail blockades across the country over the building of a gas pipeline in northern B.C. by Coastal GasLink.
After federal and provincial politicians and some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs reached some sort of a deal on — well, we don’t know exactly what, the blockades tapered off and so did the public’s interest.
The conflict has been supplanted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes the economic impact of a few blockades look insignificant.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.