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COMMENTARY · 14th February 2012
Walter McFarlane
My biggest concern about the Enbridge Pipeline Project is the wedge which it is driving into our country. There are two types of people in Canada, those who support the project and those who oppose the project. There are also people who haven’t decided either way but they do not count because no one has bothered to ask them what they think, everyone is too willing to speak for them.

Both of these groups claim to have a majority and there is no evidence backing either claim.

What is demeaning, as a Canadian Citizen, about the Enbridge Project is the childish behaviour it brings out in “so called” adults. You know who you are.

Rather then compare facts and evidence, it comes down to a matter of “I’m right, you’re wrong, and if you don’t believe what I think, I’m going to insult you until you go away or stop talking.”

The issue I am writing about here is not a issue of money vs. the environment, it is a matter of division. Like a civil war brewing in the backwoods of Canada; lines are being drawn, sides are being taken.

Why?

Because you can’t fit a round peg into a square hole.

Consider a child sitting down and playing with blocks. There are three holes in the toy box where the child can put the blocks. However, few of the blocks, if any, fit the holes. The child takes tools and begins to alter the blocks. A triangle becomes a hexagon. A square which was too big is resized to fit the hole. The odd shaped one can be altered to suit the need of the hole. Too small? Not a problem, they already fit.

If the question on your mind is: “Why is a child using power tools?” you’ve missed the point.

There are more colours then black and white in the world and you can not alter people to suit your needs like the boy can change the shape of his building blocks. Just because a group of people form an opinion does not mean they all arrive at their conclusion via the same destination.

However, in the case of this project, name calling, insults and personal attacks are being used to intimidate people into backing down on an important issue, preventing people from learning all the facts of what this project could mean to the Northwest and discouraging others from taking a side.

Prosperity vs. devastation. That is the promise written on both sides of this project. There is a lot at stake, whether you are in favour of the project or are opposed to it.
ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY: A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Comment by Carlosroberto on 16th February 2012
A very good article Walter.

Fearmongering and abusive attacks seem to have overcome civil discourse:especially in Kitimat.

CEM
Comment by Carol on 16th February 2012
You have it right when you say doom or gloom.

The way I see it is there are alot of people out there that has never had to be in the position of how to pay your bills and be without a job. What would your position be then? No money to move or pay for your mortgage or rent, keep payments going on your vehicle.

Yes it would be ashame to have any kind of situation where Douglas Channel could be at risk. What do you think has already happened over the years with Alcan, Eurocan ? I see problems at the marinas with oil and gas in the water. That's pollution too. I realize that is a small situation compared to what could happen. The way I see it there are alot of people with very good pensions and where would they be without the good jobs they had.

Yes I agree that this bitumen should be processed before it is shipped out of the country, and why isn't it ? If we had a refinery would that change the idea of shipping the oil ?

It's a huge problem and I believe that Canada is in great need of money to keep the economy going.
So what do you do feed your family or not ?

That's the way I see it.
well said Walter
Comment by djb on 15th February 2012
This article is bang on. Unlike many of the letters .and indeed even the articles/headlines, in this news outlet it does appear to recognize an important facet of this issue. Thank you Walter
.I am tired of hearing people say they represent me, or the majority of people in Kitimat, BC etc.