Feds preening in the North again?
The feds are preening in the north again. They come with their statistics down pat to appear knowledgeable about northern issues much like students who cram for an exam then, when the exercise is over, go home, breath a sigh of relief and get back to their real interests.
We’ve had years of talk, talk talk, promises promises promises and we’re still waiting for results. Is there any way we could harness the hot air these politicians bring and convert it to energy?
When we howl the response is to swamp us with accounts of their actions: Oh yes, we’re studying the problem, we’re designing solutions, blah, blah, blah.
Thanks for the accounts; now give us results. Please. Your concern certainly sounds good to your constituents in the south, but do spare us who experience the hollowness of your promises!
Use it or lose it! Talk to Siila Watt-Cloutier, or anyone on the street, a northern, dirt road-type street! You want to bring us prosperity by developing arctic resources! Humph.
Have you ever heard that the people are the most valuable resource? of any country! So you want to develop our “natural” resources. Are you developing green, such as putting money into trying to find green potential resources and following through with money to develop them?
You could start by tearing up Ellesmere Island for “dirty” coal? Or could you co-opt some of the profits from the Alberta oil sands to have us “go green”? Is that the type of development you would have us look forward to in the North?
When Ottawa promised us icebreakers a few years ago, Jim Lotz surmised they would send us a couple of longliners armed with harpoons. Perhaps I would do well to adopt his light-hearted approach to what increasingly seems like fanciful promises— sops to keep us quiet? — from our present Ottawa masters.
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