A solid and steadily growing majority of British Columbians want nothing to do with Alberta's bitumen pipelines crossing our province to our coast. Fewer of us still want bitumen-laden supertankers plying our pristine northern coastal waters or Vancouver's inner harbour.
According to our federal government's reptilian industry minister, Joe Oliver, our firmly held opposition to this bitumen trafficking makes us, the great majority of British Columbians, "inimical to Canadian national interests."
Now "inimical" is a loaded word. It connotes hostility, and a willingness to harm, malevolence and, according to merriamwebster.com, "having the disposition of an enemy."
And any doubt that Joe sees British Columbians as enemies of his authoritarian state were put to rest when he told a gaggle of tarheads in Calgary, "We are in a battle for the future of Canada."
So, let's get this straight. In Joe's mind (and obviously his master's too), the people of British Columbia are Canada's enemy and Joe's army is "in a battle" against us to defend the future of Canada from our malevolence.
Wow, this seems a lot like the War of 1812 all over again only it's Joe's side telling British Columbians to surrender or be enslaved. It's the people of British Columbia who are on the defensive, trying to protect their homeland, and the federal government that is waging a war of conquest.