What I'm reading is that the populations of other provinces seem to support the Northern Gateway and Kinder-Morgan pipeline/bitumen-supertanker initiatives. And that's certainly the way Ottawa and Alberta are attacking British Columbia.
Our unelected, unelectable and outgoing premier, Christie Clark, isn't helping matters. She argues, correctly, that it's unfair that Alberta and Ottawa get all the gravy out of these ventures while British Columbia has to bear the
Jason Kenney came to Victoria to play frontman for Harper.
"I think taking a balkanized approach to the federation is unhelpful," Kenney said. "The notion that there are 10 separate fiefdoms and you have to tollgate everything you move from east to west would massively undermine the whole concept of an economic union and efficient operation of the Canadian economy," he said.
Yet the threat is very "Balkanized." It is British Columbia that is imperiled - our lands and our coast. Ontario isn't affected by that, nor is Quebec, Nova Scotia, Manitoba or Nunavut. Only one province, one people are in the crosshairs of this goddamned business.
It may well be that, within Confederation, British Columbia is powerless to stop this monstrosity from being forced on us. If we can't as a province safeguard our land and our coasts from this, then it's obviously going to have to be civil disobedience on a large scale and, if that doesn't work, revolt and the end of this Confederation.
For all Alberta grumbles about western separatism, British Columbians aren't necessarily adverse to the idea only without Alberta in the mix. No one is championing the cause now but that could change easily if Ottawa uses force and imprisonment to push this down our throats.
I wholeheartedly believe these pipelines will cause civil disobedience on a scale vastly beyond anything in the Canadian experience. Try to get your mind around hundreds, probably thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens being jailed again and again and again. That sort of sustained confrontation Ottawa cannot win and Canada might not survive.