With which group will Justin Trudeau identify? This one?
Or, this one?
A busload of people attending Vancouver’s small pro-pipeline rally were brought in from Alberta. After deducting those dedicated folks, curious onlookers, organizers and a handful of media, the crowd count barely made it beyond double digits. Sponsored by fossil fuel and extractive industries, the rally was held on a busy plaza near Vancouver’s inner harbour, one of the places in British Columbia and Washington put at greater risk if dilbit shipments increase.
Paltry attendance in downtown Vancouver didn’t discourage corporate media from giving the rally almost equal coverage with the event that drew thousands to Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal.
Those protesters must wonder if Trudeau’s Paris commitment to have Canada address climate change was authentic. He said:
Today, with my signature, I give you our word that Canada’s efforts will not cease. Climate change will test our intelligence, our compassion and our will. But we are equal to that challenge.
Was Trudeau’s commitment to a new and respectful relationship with First Nations another rehearsed line of meaningless political theatre? He said:
Last year, I committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. The failure of successive Canadian governments to respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada is our great shame… We now have before us an opportunity to deliver true, meaningful and lasting reconciliation between Canada and First Nations, the Métis Nation, and Inuit peoples.
Justin Trudeau, 2016 version:
Even though governments grant permits, ultimately, only communities grant permissions…