Them's fighting words, Rachel.
According to the Alberta premier, we're just people who happen to live on the Pacific coast, nothing more. That still gives Alberta some overarching right to ship whatever the hell it wants through our waters.
British Columbia cannot lay solitary claim to western tidewaters and must allow landlocked Alberta to have access to the coast for export markets, says Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
"At the end of the day, we can't be a country that says one of its two functional coastlines is only going to do what the people who live right beside it want to do," Notley said in an interview Wednesday with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.
Oh Rachel, please, go fuck yourself.
What if we played your game, Rachel? What if we told you there was no reason for you not to refine your hazmat bitumen on site in your own greedy province? Clean it up as you might your own kids for church on Sunday. Refine out the pet coke. Refine out the acids, the heavy metals, the abrasives and the carcinogens. You keep claiming the stuff is oil. But it's not oil you want to ship across our province and through our coastal waters.
So, Rachel, let me borrow your own words. We can't be a country where one province says it can needlessly imperil the terrestrial and marine environment of another province because that works to their financial advantage. We can't be a country where one province gets to "externalize" such massive risk by unloading it on another province for the sake of a better return.
We're not your garbage dump, Rachel. Clean up your act and then we might talk. Until then, as I said before, go fuck yourself.
And, by the way, it is our coast.