To the Editor,
Re: B.C. sets conditions for pipeline OK, July 26.
As a transplanted Albertan who believes that Canada has little choice but to find ways to sell our products to Asia as well as the U.S., I’m most disappointed that our premier has chosen to take a separatist view (I thought separatists only lived in Quebec) and take a selfish view of the proposed pipeline similar to the one Quebec took when they extorted money from Newfoundland and Labrador for transmitting electricity over Quebec to markets in the U.S.
While it is highly unlikely that I’ll vote NDP (the province can’t afford them during bad economic times, or even good ones) in the next election and the Conservatives have indicated they are agreeing with Premier Christy Clark’s separatist position (also for the almighty vote), I guess I’ll either have to go back to Alberta or bite my tongue and abstain from voting in the next election for the first time in my life.
I find it strange that residents of B.C. who happily burn the energy they get from the existing pipelines in the province have now decided that all pipelines are bad, especially since much of the natural gas in northeastern B.C. is shipped to eastern and U.S. markets via pipelines that cross Alberta and other provinces and states in the U.S. none of whom try to extort B.C. for the privilege letting the gas flow.
I thought the ‘Canadian way’ was to be Canadians first and British Columbians second.