I 'get' both sides of the argument over the Wet'suwet'en roadblocks in protest of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline. I understand why First Nations and others are staging protests across the country in support of the Wet'suwet'en cause. I also understand the "rule of law" arguments and that these coast to coast protests are causing some economic harm.
Then I draw back and look at the bigger picture. Coastal Gaslink and that other pipeline, Trudeau's Folly, look very different when you think in terms of climate change, the thawing Arctic permafrost and that methane bomb, the wildfires that now ravage the Canadian west, and the very real prospect that our fossil fuel fetish could trigger a mass extinction of life on Earth.
It's when you step back that you see Coastal Gaslink, and Trudeau's Trans-Mountain pipeline, and the proposed Teck bitumen mega-mine in a much clearer light. That's when all my reservations about the Wet'suwet'en roadblocks evaporate.
Then there's this bleating response from the prime minister:
"We recognize the important democratic right — and will always defend it — of peaceful protest. But we are also a country of the rule of law, and we need to make sure those laws are respected."That's "but" as in 'everything up to this point is bullshit.' He's really good at bullshit. Remember his promises about "social licence" and "First Nations reconciliation"? Yeah, more bullshit.
The Wet'suwet'en cause doesn't end at Trudeau's "rule of law" bullshit.