Letter: the boneheaded Site C decision

Tuesday, December 19 2017

Dear Editor,

Premier Horgan’s boneheaded decision to perpetuate the Site C boondoggle has stunned and dismayed many of us. According to non-government sources, he has grossly exaggerated the cost of cancellation and one can only assume that he has succumbed to pressure from the construction unions. Or perhaps he is just cynically waiting for the courts to side with First Nations and thus shut the thing down. Then he can say to proponents, “not my fault.”

In 1865, Karl Marx wrote that, “Trades Unions work well as centres of resistance against the encroachment of capital. They fail partially from an injudicious use of their power. They fail generally from limiting themselves to a guerilla war against the effects of the existing system, instead of simultaneously trying to change it...”

Here we are, more than 150 years later, still dealing with this same blinkered perspective of jobs first, jobs, jobs, whilst ever-increasing planetary degradation threatens our very survival.

~ David Bouvier