You don’t have to veto development

Editor: Canada cannot continue to provide these services without more and new revenues.

Editor:

You have to give the environmentalists credit they have managed to solicit millions of dollars from American oil interest companies to wage a campaign against Canadian oil pipelines to any salt water port. Why? Because at the moment Canadian oil arriving in Oklahoma, by pipeline, is receiving $20-$30 less per barrel of oil compared to the world price and oil per barrel. At this time Canada is shipping one million barrels of oil by pipeline to Oklahoma. Canada is losing $30 million a day because the oil is not shipped to a salt water port. The American oil industry and the American consumer are laughing all the way to the bank. Another reason of why things are cheaper in America.

With the help of the biased Canadian and American media the First Nations are now convinced that they have a veto over any new developments in their traditional territories. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the First Nations must be formally consulted for any proposed developments in their traditional territories. They do not have a veto over any development.

If there has been no formal signing of a treaty with a band such as the Nisga where the Canadian government negotiated to relinquish crown land to the Nisga, the land still belongs to the Canadian government.

Canada is a resource exporting nation, that is one reason that Canadians are able to receive the benefits that we so dearly cherish, medical services for one example.

Canada cannot continue to provide these services without more and new revenues. Oil exports to a salt water port is one way. Jobs, revenue, let’s get it done.

Gary Hemmerling