Indige­nous pro­test­ers need to re­spect court rul­ings, too

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

Supreme Court de­ci­sions in civ­i­lized coun­tries trump ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing mi­nori­ties. Perry Bel­le­garde, na­tional chief of the Assem­bly of First Na­tions, said that us­ing po­lice to re­move peo­ple “peace­fully” protest­ing was “a vi­o­la­tion of their hu­man and Abo­rig­i­nal rights.” How is it peace­ful when they block roads and con­struc­tion in de­fi­ance of a court or­der?

The cu­ri­ous part is that the large ma­jor­ity of na­tives will get about $600 mil­lion out of em­ploy­ment from this pipe­line, so we’re talk­ing here about a mi­nor­ity of a mi­nor­ity try­ing to run things. No coun­try must ever al­low that. Let the Moun­ties do their job. — Bill Davis, New West­min­ster

More debt isn’t ‘a suc­cess’

A re­cent ar­ti­cle in our lo­cal news­pa­per by Tom Fletcher pointed out that fed­eral en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter, Cather­ine McKenna, de­clared “a suc­cess” the 24th an­nual UN cli­mate sum­mit as Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau had “un­veiled a plan to bor­row more money and lend it to strug­gling Al­berta oil-and-gas pro­duc­ers.”

Would it not be bet­ter to do what­ever it takes to get the pipe­line built? What is bet­ter? To have an in­dus­try pro­duce $80 mil­lion a day or bor­row more money and add to Canada’s na­tional debt? How can any­one call bor­row­ing more money a suc­cess? — Al Reimer, Sardis

We live in a democracy

I had to laugh at the com­ment made by She­lagh Bell-Irv­ing at the protest Tues­day: “We need to shut down Canada now and let the gov­ern­ment know we the peo­ple are run­ning the show and not them.”

Do pro­test­ers think they’re liv­ing in the Di­vided States of Amer­ica and that Canada can just be shut down be­cause the per­son at the top is hav­ing a tem­per tantrum? Politi­cians were elected to rep­re­sent us. If you don’t like their rep­re­sen­ta­tion, vote them out.

We live in a democracy. Be­lieve it or not, many peo­ple are in favour of pipe­lines. — David Reid, Burn­aby

A tax for heat­ing my home

I re­ceived my For­tis bill Wed­nes­day and if any­one run­ning the show over in Vic­to­ria still doesn’t un­der­stand the lowly tax­pay­ers’ op­po­si­tion to this use­less car­bon tax then read on.

The cost of the nat­u­ral gas I used to heat my house and wa­ter for the month was $21.69. The car­bon tax was $24.33 — 112 per cent of the cost of the gas! On top of the car­bon tax is, of course, more tax: a “clean-en­ergy levy,” which I’m guess­ing is for hav­ing the gall to heat my home and, of course, the good old GST, a tax on a tax. How low is that?

I be­lieve this goug­ing by our elected pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials is nec­es­sary. How else can a pen­sion af­ter only six years of ser­vice be funded? — Stu Or­pen, North Van­cou­ver

I’m a nurse, and I work hard

I have been a reg­is­tered nurse in B.C. for 32 years, 25 of those full-time in the emer­gency room. I lift peo­ple, turn peo­ple, bathe peo­ple, ed­u­cate peo­ple, per­form CPR and hold those who have lost a loved one. I ex­tri­cate un­con­scious drug-over­dose vic­tims from pri­vate ve­hi­cles in the park­ing lot. I’m on my feet 12 hours a day and I love my work.

I have never had a mas­sage. Please don’t lump us all to­gether be­cause a small num­ber of peo­ple have abused this ben­e­fit. — Leah Smith, Kale­den


Tilly Innes, from the St’at’imc Na­tion, marches in Van­cou­ver in sup­port of pipe­line pro­test­ers last week. A reader says pro­test­ers’ rights are not al­ways straight­for­ward.


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