Wow, Stephen Harper's had quite the week. First, one of his minion could keep his yap shut about Kitimat pipeline, pissing off the very people who, if not fully convinced of the benefits, must be persuaded to at least not hate the project. Then another one of his dungpumps gunged up the idea that same-sex marriages performed in Canada weren't valid if same-sex marriage was not allowed in the couple's home locale.
What these useless people don't quite understand is that some things, once out, cannot be put back again. There's no going back on the corruption of process in the Joint Review Panel hearings and Oliver's arrogant utterings will echo in the ears of every single follower, attendee and intervenor at the hearings. There's a lot of rednecks out there in Northern BC who also happen to hold some progressive environmental views. None but the handful of the blinkered actually believe climate change is bullshit or that oil isn't without serious risks. This could ultimately cost the project.
Same-sex marriage, like the neutering of kings and tyrants in favour of democracy, the end of slavery, and universal suffrage is the latest advance in the long process of shedding the dark and brutal ideas driving of our development as a society and species. It represents true progress and resonates deep within the souls of newly freed and those who support them.
Oil pipelines and trade agreements cannot do this and in many ways represent one of the remaining shadows of our past. Foreign wars do this, but only for the cowards who get misty-eyed starting yet send others to fight them.
People will risk their lives to defend their homes and livelihoods from encroachment by a malevolent government attempting turn the clock back to an age we'd long rather forget.
Millions of us understand and reject the oil economy killing our future. Exxon-Alaska, BP's Deepwater Horizon are well within recent memory. The entire world watched these disasters unfold. Lesbians, gays, and the transgendered have far more allies and support than active enemies.
Harper's government stood up this week and declared itself the enemy of a great many millions and the deep conveyor of social history. It will cost them.