This blundering fool is barely out of the starting gate as the new leader of the BC Liberals and appears to be anti everything Horgan stands for. He is afraid to stand up for the citizens of British Columbia on issues like protecting our water, wildlife, or beach’s and oceans from being destroyed by tar sands bitumen. Horgan has suggested we put the horse before the cart, namely can we clean up a mess before it happens?
Clearly Andrew Wilkinson wants to deal with disasters after they happen, even if it means citizens of BC will suffer and or even pick up the tab for cleanup.
Next on his list is Electoral reform, all but a few progressive countries in the world have abandoned the FPP Voting systems in favor of more democratic Proportional Representation, because it truly ends up representing more citizens. Obviously, Andrew fears it might end the Liberals buying election after election with corporate funds.
This is the same man who once acted for corrupt Chinese tycoon Ni Ritao’s company Sun Wave Forest Products, which breached an agreement to resurrect an abandoned pulp mill costing the City of Prince Rupert millions of dollars. Wilkinson acted as a lawyer on the matter until March 27, 2012, when Bill Belsey, the then vice-president of the B.C. Liberal Party, took over the case.
“Mr. Wilkinson said the current Alberta-B.C. feud would not have arisen had the NDP government “not stepped in the manure by going into a space that is beyond their jurisdiction.””
“The bottom line in intergovernmental and interprovincial relations is ‘Don’t pick fights with your neighbours, and don’t pick fights with the government of Canada’ because they can make your life miserable,” Mr. Wilkinson said.” Globe & Mail
As for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley hitting back at BC by suspending talks over buying hydro from BC, I just wonder how many Albertans will stand behind Rachels idea of paying even more for electricity by burning more coal to fuel their electric plants? Good luck with that.
“The constitutional jurisdiction over pipelines is clear all right. Clear as bitumen.
In a 2016 decision known as Coastal First Nations concerning a similarly controversial project, the Northern Gateway pipeline, the B.C. Supreme Court concluded that while Northern Gateway was interprovincial, it was not national, and it posed risks that would have disproportionately impacted British Columbians. According to the Court, “to disallow any provincial regulation over the project because it engages a federal undertaking would significantly limit the Province’s ability to protect social, cultural and economic interests in its lands and waters.”
“It would also go against,” the Court added, “the current trend in the jurisprudence favouring, where possible, co-operative federalism.” Globe & Mail
Next you have that kid called Prime Minister showing his age by saying that national carbon pricing and ocean protection plan may not go ahead without the pipeline getting built. Say what? Did he really just say that, some sort of eco extortion?
In 2015 the Royal Society of Canada identified seven major knowledge gaps when it comes to the risk of a diluted bitumen spill in water. And B.C. has the responsibility to regulate hazardous substances under the B.C. Environmental Management Act. So for Horgan to suggest that BC needs the scientific evidence first, and the BC need to have science based legislation is not unreasonable at all.
Horgan has an obligation to protect the citizens of British Columbia, no matter how many tantrums Rachel Notley throws.
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