We’re going through some troubling times here in British Columbia. Our ports have been blocked by protests. Rail lines have been closed. Major intersections are occupied.
Families and workers are the ones suffering. People can’t get to work, and can’t get home. Livelihoods in entire industries are under attack. The protesters want to stop oil and gas projects, the kind of projects that build the prosperity that keeps roofs over the heads of so many families.
There are the 20 First Nations Bands along the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline corridor that support it. The First Nations communities and leaders who support it are ready to seize the opportunities that come with the project but the protestors want to deny them these opportunities to build lasting prosperity for their members.
Little has been done by the provincial government to send the message that while protests are fine, illegal blockades are not, and that closing roads and bridges and railways will not be tolerated. But instead, the Government actually invited protestors into the Legislature this week for a chat. That’s right - the same protestors who wouldn’t let the public into the building were invited in themselves by the NDP. That’s just wrong and Government needs to recognize their blunder and apologize to the people of BC.
These protestors have made it clear – they want to shut down Canada. They want to stop law-abiding people from going to work. They want to disrupt the economic system. They want industries like oil and gas, mining and forestry to collapse.
Strangely enough, one of the main groups organizing protests started as a housing affordability protest group – but they changed their name and their goal with a target of collapsing capitalism. They don’t mention where the money for housing will come from – perhaps a magic protest money tree.
Sadly, they may believe there is a magic money tree because the only pipeline they support –is the one for foreign cash that funds their activities. The Government has refused to do anything to stop the flow of foreign funds, some of them from unknown, unnamed sources.
Uncertainty is growing in British Columbia and Government inaction is fueling the situation. A crisis in confidence is going to cost us jobs, and cost us the strong economy that pays for the social services we all depend on. The people paying for Government inaction are hard working families and the price will only rise as the Province fails to take any meaningful action.
If you have any issues you want me to raise, or any concerns you want to share, you can always reach me through my office at mike.bernier.MLA@leg.bc.ca, (250) 782-3430, or 1 (855) 582-3430.