It is clear that the federal government has jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines, says letter writer. NEWS BULLETIN file

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pipeline opposition is unconstitutional

This is just not a problem for B.C and Alberta; it is a problem for Canada, says letter writer.

To the editor,

Re: B.C., Alberta clash as Kinder Morgan suspends Trans Mountain work, April 8.

This is just not a problem for B.C and Alberta. It is a problem for Canada. And Canada’s constitution and the country as we know it. This is what is not highlighted enough.

It is clear that the federal government has jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines. The trade and commerce clause, and the navigation clause makes this clear. And all existing interprovincial pipelines operate under federal jurisdiction. The Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled on such projects.

The Government Canada has approved the project ( after extensive hearings and consultation), the government of B.C. opposes the project.

This present problem posses significant negative consequences for Canada. There is no question that already the investment climate has taken a hit and this latest Kinder Morgan decision adds to this.

Does the rule of law still apply in this country? Or does the constitution of this country mean what it says in some cases but not in others?

The Province of B.C. cannot have its cake and eat it too. That is, it cannot decide what parts of the constitution with which it agrees and what parts with which it disagrees. Such a position must have consequences.

If this is so then the country, as we know it, is no more.

Hence, the federal government must act for Canada and our constitution. That means B.C. must be brought to heel and the present B.C actions opposing the project must be removed.

Why would anyone invest in this country if the present situation is allowed to continue?

What is most insufferable and hypocritical about the B.C. position is that it uses the environment issue as its main reason for opposition while it approves a Site C hydro project which negatively affects the environment, flooding hundreds of acres of land, supports fossil fuel natural gas exploration (fracking), production and pipeline transmission, and the exploration, production and transmission of the worst fossil fuel, coal.

Brian Peckford, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

Just Posted

New champion takes over bathtub race title

Trevor Short wins the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race in Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tent city should be relocated out of sight

Camp could be moved to an area west of the old mill recently torn down, says letter writer

Lantzville politicians deny claims made against them in lawsuit

Civil lawsuit involves an accounting business sold by Colin and Denise Haime

Accident in Nanaimo after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Accident happened in Comox Road and Terminal Avenue area Saturday afternoon

Lantzville teen breaks BC Summer Games race walking record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

Nanaimo Timbermen make the playoffs

Senior A T-men beat Coquitlam Adanacs 11-6 for fifth-straight win

Tilray CEO talks about medicinal marijuana company’s future in Nanaimo and globally

Brendan Kennedy discusses Tilray’s opportunities through new markets and investment.

PHOTOS: All’s bubbly at Bathtub Days parade and street fair in Nanaimo

Street fair and parade today, World Championship Bathtub Race on Sunday at Maffeo Sutton Park

Nanaimo-based team sets out on Tribal Journeys

A’kwul’muxw Canoe Family launches from Cedar Boat Ramp for Tribal Journeys 2018

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Final arguments made at tent city hearing, court won’t rule immediately

Lawyer says City of Nanaimo is concerned occupants would consume hand sanitizer

Beefs & Bouquets, July 19

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Most Read