Letters: Anti-oil is not anti-Canadian

Dear Editor,

Mr. Seguin [Young protesters at risk, Dec. 4 Letters, Langley Advance] posits some good questions regarding the oil pipeline issues, and threads his questions with other issues regarding international security, internet technology, and some well thought-out propaganda and conspiracy theories.

His question, “Are ant-oil, anti-progress, anti-Canadian economy protestors destroying their future for employment opportunities?” is heaped in uneducated and misleading innuendo, and exemplifies everything wrong with moribund views of concerned citizens who are out there protecting Mr. Seguin’s, theirs, yours, and my civil rights and liberties.

Being “anti-oil” doesn’t mean anyone is “anti-progress” or “anti-Canadian.” If he and many others who share his ill-conceived views of the world took some time to go speak to the sheer number of people who oppose the Enbridge and Kinder-Morgan pipeline proposals, he would find that they represent a cross-section of differing interests, ethnicities,  economic statuses, religious views, ages, and education levels. 

All have articulate and passionate thoughts about the future of resource and energy use in this country. 

None of those views, ideas, and solutions are far-fetched or are in any way threatening or “anti-Canadian.”

His view of economic progress forces legislation down the throats of citizens who oppose these developments, and then exploits our RCMP forces to protect the interests of foreign corporate entities.

Compound that with exploitative land and water protections – or lack thereof – and federal and provincial legislators who are just as content with throwing out laws that protect our land and water resources, and who also seem to be content with arresting children who, as far as I can see, have a much more sound and sensible view of how we as a country should “progress” into the future.

Mr. Seguin’s position, and that of a great multitude like him, doesn’t allude to reasoned thoughts of “progress,” but is entrenched in primitive and stagnant views of cultural, economic, environmental, and societal “progress”.

The current standard by which our governments and industry control, regulate, monitor, and subsidize their friends in resource industries is as primitive, reckless, and lazy as Mr. Seguin’s thinking.

Don’t even get me started on his view of Native issues. There isn’t enough paper and ink to appease my thoughts on how misguided and misinformed he is on those issues.

Brandon Gabriel, Kwantlen First Nation

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