Editor, The Times:
Full disclosure — I’m a director of the Clearwater Aboriginal Cultural Centre. However, that is not why I’m writing this.
Nothing gives me the feeling of a starved Spanish fighting bull staring at a bright orange cape than an editorial by those far-right fruitcakes from the Fraser Institute.
This time, oh woe is us (B.C.), the Aboriginals are holding up development.
If it weren’t for these pesky land claims we could exploit this province from one end to the other.
What don’t they understand about Mt. Polley or the absence of timber for B.C.’s sawmills or any of the other shortcomings of uncontrolled development that have plagued B.C. in recent years?
In the Fraser Institute’s perfect world there would be fracking from top to bottom, every river dammed and every tree Easter Island-style cut down and shipped out raw.
The best analogy I can think of is that of a skipper sitting in his wheelhouse as a perfect storm is descending upon him. However, he pretends it’s a flat calm sunny day.
In other words, are those far-right fools from the Fraser Institute aware what is going on all around them?
Plus there is a certain tinge of racism to the whole thing – oh those Indians! They are standing in our way.
Never mind the terrible mismanagement of B.C.’s resources by the powers-that-be – look at the logs being loaded on freighters bound for China while our mills shut down or have to lay off one shift. That is just one example .
When looking for scapegoats it sometimes best to look in the mirror!