Saturday, May 19, 2012
Is It Merely Gross Incompetence or Something Truly Sinister?
Just what does Steve Harper have against British Columbia?
He's hell bent on ruining our pristine coasts with bitumen supertanker traffic routed through some of the most treacherous waters in the world. He relies on oil spill recovery vessels that can't operate in bad weather and are only effective on surface spills, useless against a tar product that doesn't float. He's moved the oil spill action centre from our coast to Quebec. But now, there's more.
The Harper regime has decided to inflict a little cost-cutting on the Canadian Coast Guard. He's paring the existing four stations - Victoria, Tofino, Comox and Prince Rupert - down to just two, Victoria and Prince Rupert, north and south or bottom and top if you like.
Here's the thing. The Victoria and Prince Rupert Coast Guard installations are both in tsunami zones. When the "Big One" hits, sometime between now and a hundred years hence, it's likely that Victoria and Prince Rupert will be knocked out.
The one Coast Guard station that isn't in a tsunami zone, Comox, is to be closed by decree of the Prince of Darkness. That one also happens to be adjacent to the only real Air Force base in British Columbia where all our aerial search and rescue assets are situated.
British Columbians will never need the Coast Guard more than we will when the next tsunami sweeps our coast. Unfortunately that's when we won't have a Coast Guard.