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What kind of government favours selling out the long-term sustainability of its own country’s natural resources

What kind of government favours selling out the long-term sustainability of its own country’s natural resources, the long-term health of its environment, the health and employment opportunities of its people to provide in-house jobs through refinement and manufacturing?

For what reason? For short-term economic gain? What about the long-term costs to exporting jobs, environmental clean-up after the fact?

What kind of a government ignores the expressions of concern and requests for public and parliamentary consultation by tens of thousands of Canadians in regards to the Nexen Oil sell-out to state-owned Chinese Oil corporation CNOOC?

What kind of government also refuses public consultation and/or parliamentary debate on the final ratification of a foreign trade protection treaty or FIPA with China?  This pending treaty will lock Canada into a contract for an unprecedented 31 years with China, providing unprecedented access to Canadian raw resources and unprecedented power to secretively sue Canadians at any level of government or organization for blockage of access to these resources or the ecosystem holding them.

What kind of a government systematically prepares for such invasive foreign investment by first watering down environmental and endangered species protection laws, slashing environmental protection policy, scientific monitoring capabilities and departments like the Pacific Coast Guard?

What kind of a government refuses to learn from the pitfalls of  the NAFTA treaty with the U.S.; a treaty already costing taxpayers in legal fees and payouts for Canadian governments refusing access to natural resources and sensitive ecosystems that are suddenly threatened by foreign exploitation?

The answer to all the above questions would be the Harper-led, Conservative government, a government looking and feeling more and more like a dictatorship as each day passes with their refusal to engage parliamentary debate and their behind-the-scenes, purposeful policy changes and de-regulation around environmental protection and monitoring.

This government is dragging tens of thousands of Canadians against their will, in the opposite direction to most civilized, environmentally conscientious countries. Is that what you want as a Canadian?

What can Canadians do to take back their power to self determine; to provide for the safe and healthy future of their children and grandchildren?

We can write to Prime Minister Steven Harper and our local Conservative member of Parliament to let them know that we don’t feel they are acting in the best interest of our country or our people and that they won’t have our vote in the next election.

Copy your letters to leaders and representatives of all political parties and government.Make it an election issue in B.C. as well.

Support organizations like the Council of Canadians, David Suzuki Foundation and Leadnow.ca.

There is nothing up front or honest about the federal Conservative government and it is time for Canadians to take back the destiny of this country. Do it for your children and their children, please.

Pam Beech

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