Letters: Capitalism best of all systems

Dear Editor,

Anti-economy is anti-Canadian.

Environmental activist Brandon Gabriel [Anti-oil is not anti-Canadian, Dec. 11 Letters, Langley Advance] doesn’t like being branded “anti-Canadian” while advocating activities that damage Canada’s economy. 

Our vital economy supports all Canadians, including more than $10 billion in services and programs to more than 600 aboriginal bands across the country. 

Gabriel expresses a troublesome resentment to how our economy works.

It seems implausible his contentious letter would speak for Kwantlen First Nation, which operates its own elected government that carries out business, economic development, and investments to provide better conditions for its members. Sto:lo elder Ernie Crey would be a more credible spokesperson.

From his lofty academic artist’s perch, Gabriel pre-excuses his critical rants against capitalism and energy with contradictory statements, like, “It is not our intention to assert our values or beliefs onto others…” and, “It is not our intention …to go back to the stone age with energy use and exploitation.” 

Like it or not, capitalism – with all its faults – is the world’s most prosperous economic system for the average man. It creates jobs that pay the taxes, that put food on the table, provide health care, education, etc., and subsidizes those who are less fortunate.  

The choices are limited: capitalism, socialism, communism, dictatorships, or live off the land with zero income – no jobs, no taxes, and no subsidies.

Many First Nation bands in each province are leaving victimhood behind, not wasting their time and energy dwelling on past wrongs. They are governing with entrepreneurial, business-like councils, some with inspirational chiefs, like Clarence Louie of Osoyoos who wants jobs: “People can’t protect their culture when they are on welfare. A culture of dependency leads to death.”

Those are the success stories. Brandon Gabriel (and everyone else) could learn a lot from role models like Clarence Louie who loves capitalism.

Gabriel rails against logging and commercial fishing, and asserts his values and beliefs with disdainful comments: “…coercive foreign organizations like Enbridge…”

What about McDonalds, Apple, Samsung, Costco, etc.? Are they welcome?

Gabriel slams “all industries backed, regulated, and subsidized by government” and “the corporate tyrants they represent.” 

But that’s just how regulated private enterprise works; we have to attract them to take the risk to invest big capital dollars so they can create jobs, make a profit, and pay their taxes, so we can live and subsidize others. 

Of course, man has a temporary impact on the earth, but it is manageable.

We all like and use the products of resources, like houses, cars, boats, computers, electricity, etc. The prosperous communities do far better as stewards of their environment than the poor ones do.

Roland Seguin, Fernridge

http://www.langleyadvance.com/opinion/letters/letters-anti-oil-is-not-anti-canadian-1.1660358

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