Political pipeline expansion

Thanks for the editorial concerning the B.C. Liberal government’s latest stance on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

Thanks to John Harding for an interesting editorial concerning the B.C. Liberal government’s latest stance on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

There has always been something misty and twisty about Premier Christy Clark’s campaign rhetoric that never quite makes it to the drawing board in Victoria. Let’s not forget the goodwill and support she garnered by hinting she would not oppose the Kinder Morgan deal, after Adrian Dix had his Earth Day 2013 conversion, similar to that of Saint Paul on the road to Damascus.

He was leading comfortably in all polls, but the hapless Dix lost so many points by stating that Vancouver would never become an oil exporting port under his watch. His goose was cooked and Clark went on her hard-hatted rampage, becoming the photo-op darling of all media in B.C. She probably took more selfies than The Chosen One is currently taking in Ottawa and his trips around the world.

Now comes the declaration that Kinder Morgan has not reacted quickly enough to demands of B.C.’s Mother Goose, so they would not get support from her government.

Anyone with an iota of sense realizes that the provincial election is only 16 months away, and this move on Kinder Morgan is yet another ploy to extend the B.C. Liberal party’s ruling mandate.

Hopefully, B.C. voters are not as gullible as they were in 2013, when they swallowed her LNG pipe-dream promises hook, line and sinker. In reality, that B.C. LNG extravaganza is proving to be just as elusive as the WMDs were to George W. Bush in Iraq in 2003.

Some potential voters may even think that Clark is taking a leaf out of Elizabeth May’s Green Party manifesto declaring war on tanker traffic in B.C. waters. If that is the case, she’s picked a fine partner, who, three days before last October’s federal election bragged that she would become a power broker in Ottawa once the votes were tallied; she forecast getting 12-15 seats and most of Vancouver Island going Green. Well, so much for her crystal ball, her party caucus of one now meets in a telephone booth in Ottawa.

Bernie SmithParksville

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