The Tyee presents testimony of Salmon Arm family physician Dr. Warren Bell to the NEB Northern Gateway hearings. Doctor’s Diagnosis: Pipeline Symptom of ‘Social Pathology’ is a thoughtful piece, well worth reading.
Dr. Bell provides his personal cure for a disease that affects Canada today:
- “First, we must, as a nation, work out a respectful, mutually satisfactory relationship with Canada’s First Peoples — not destroy their culture by stealth.
- “Second, we must reform the electoral system to make it radically more representative.
- “Third, we must alter the power balance in the federal governance system so that one person cannot pre-empt democratic processes as Stephen Harper is now doing.
- “And fourth, we must rein in the overwhelming power and influence of the corporate sector.
“Until we do these four things, our country is vulnerable to political, social and ecological upheaval that will retard our development as a nation, and likely offer ruin to the lives of future generations.”