The rivers issue is going to put Gordon Campbell and his government inside a box where the sides unceasingly close in. It can’t help but do that as more and more British Columbians understand what has happened.
Campbell was lucky as hell that in the last election the NDP were unable to make this their issue with the result that only in a few constituencies was it an issue at all. That may have changed already.
This is a policy that has no good side to it. If it weren’t so serious one might laugh at Guy Dauncey of BCSEA’s silly little word games and consoling thought that even if this power isn’t staying home that at least it will help Americans meet their environmental standards.
Often one says “shorn of all else” but I can’t say that because “all else” is fatal piece by piece. Perhaps I can say that the most galling part for British Columbians is that a decision they had no hand in making is going to create power almost exclusively for export. It’s here the Campbell government – and yes the Premier especially – have lied through their teeth. Creating the false impression that BC was an importer of power and needed to do something to become self sufficient by 2016 Campbell told people that this power would fix it all up for us. We are not net importers and even if we needed power, private power is scarcely going to be helpful. Think on that friends – Premier Campbell told us that these private power deals were going to create all the energy we need when in fact nearly all of it’s going to the US so they don’t have to screw up their rivers and streams. Our money, our environment, our power company along with the private power are all going south!
Just as he assured us he’s never sell BC Rail he told us private power would be for British Columbians. Perhaps as Churchill did to avoid calling a prime minister something unparliamentary I will content myself by observing that Campbell’s statements are terminological inexactitudes!