Letters: Langley communication must include Kinder Morgan listening

Dear Editor,

Yes, “Let’s talk” as Mr. Anderson suggests [Advertisement, page A2, Dec. 2, Langley Advance].

But first, let’s agree that there is no meaningful “talk”  unaccompanied by “listen” – that is, listening with an open mind and an open heart, listening with the possibility of hearing and accepting a well reasoned and respectfully spoken, “No, I do not consent.”

Clearly, the conversations with “Burnaby” did not include the concerns of Burnaby’s mayor, Member of Parliament, and numerous residents over Kinder Morgan’s assessment of what is in “the best interests of the residents of Burnaby.”

Nor did the assessments demonstrate any noticeable concern for “the best interests of the First Nations” on whose unceded territory Kinder Morgan chose to do its work, or the trees in the gazetted conservation area it chose to cut down.

Communication is “a purposeful activity of exchanging information and meaning” – Wikipedia.

Communication alone does not bestow social license, political permission, or legal right.

Pardon my impudence, but wouldn’t it behoove Mr. Anderson and others from Kinder Morgan Canada to bone up on their listening skills if they are indeed serious about continuing “open relationships” with local communities?

Susan Davidson, Aldergrove

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