Friday, November 25, 2011

To be different, we must do things differently

Alexandra Morton has a new blog entry. It starts with this:
Dear Minister Ashfield:
I would suggest you stop treating us like fools...
Alexandra holds back little criticism because she has observed political lying and spin-doctoring first hand. Morton doesn't pull punches. Science is on her side; also truth, the coastal First Nations and other admirers of British Columbia's coastal regions.

Morton aims to protect the entire natural marine culture and wild salmon face an immediate threat. Ignorant politicians, disregarding the precautionary principle, twist and suppress science that doesn't serve the Norwegian fish farm industry now devastating parts of Canada's westcoast.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, along with Chief Bob Chamberlin and Chief Marilyn Baptiste, executive members of the BC Union of Indian Chiefs, attended the Nov. 24 celebration honouring Rafe Mair. It was a treat to hear each talk and share a sense of common purpose with the hundreds present, people that ranged from BC Conservative Leader John Cummins to retired NDP Minister Corky Evans.

Stewart Phillip, a man of my generation, talked of grandparents now seeing through the eyes of our grandchildren. Gwen and I feel that too. We want children to forever find joy in the magnificent living elements of British Columbia, unspoiled by the avarice of industrialists who pay no attention to environmental degradation.

As I wrote earlier, Milton Friedman thinks that avoiding pollution and caring about the environment is "pure and unadulterated socialism." If that were an honest definition, I would be a socialist. Unfortunately, the dead economist's views are shared by too many boardroom sociopaths.

Bob Chamberlin, elected Chief Councilor of the Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation, sees the world much differently than coldblooded Friedman. These are words that Chamberlin spoke on another day:
"We put a greater value on healthy, abundant wild salmon stocks than we do on Norwegian companies' profit margins

"I think of the long history our people have in the Broughton Archipeligo, since time immemorial. it is a terrirtory with resources the creator has put there for our people to enjoy so we can develop the world that we know, in the way that we want it to be, not by some company's decisions to come in and pollute at their will. Industry will have one attachment to our territory and that's based on profit. The minute it's unprofitable, they will be gone and our people will still be there. Our people will still be relying on the resources that we know are there to sustain our people.

"We know first hand the impact that this industry is having. We know first hand the denial that the Government of Canada continues to perpetuate , to prop up and support an industry that just makes absolutely no sense at all..."
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