The old fart’s top news story today is about the Supreme Court of Canada, a government appointed body which has declined to hear five challenges from British Columbia against the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. However, this comes as no surprise to Canadians who’ve watched their courts pander to fossil fuel interests for years. The Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, B.C. Nature, and several youth climate activists had applied to the country’s highest court for leave to appeal the dismissal last fall, arguing that the judicial review of the pipeline’s re-approval by the federal government was unfairly denied by a single judge from the Federal Court of Appeal in September.
Challenges Argued National Energy Board Didn’t Do Enough
But the court chose only to hear challenges based on the issue of whether the federal government consulted Indigenous peoples adequately before approving the project, and adamantly refused to hear the second part of the overall dispute: arguments centered on environmental concerns and claims of government bias. Challenges argued that the National Energy Board didn’t do nearly enough to address environmental and marine concerns when it green-lit the project, while others said the federal cabinet couldn’t objectively approve or deny the project because they own it. However the Supreme Court declined to grant the leave in a decision posted Thursday, and ‘as is custom’, did not provide any reasons for its decision despite the incredible negative impact the project will have on so many lives in Canada and the world.
The National Energy Board Was Not A Government Agency
Now something that a whole lot of people did NOT know, was that the National Energy Board was not a government agency at all. It was an entirely ‘independent’ fossil fuel industry owned and operated organization, established entirely to approve fossil fuel projects – never to deny them. It should therefore NEVER in a million years have been the agency evaluating the project to begin with, as it was a colossal conflict of interest. The National Energy Board has since been renamed the Canada Energy Regulator, and appears to have been given sweeping new powers in order to approve and construct further fossil fuel projects, including the power to change laws and acts with no legislative or parliamentary knowledge. Oh, and it now has ‘members from foreign nations’ directing its activities. Ain’t that just traitorously special?
Foreign Corporations Enabled By Government Collusion
In my opinion, no industry should ever be given the Carte Blache to set its own standards, amend acts and laws, and evaluate and approve its own projects like the fossil fuel industry does, and NO one directing Canada’s energy policies should be from other countries. It’s a horrifying rip off of Canadian taxpayers and national non-renewable resources by foreign corporations enabled by government collusion that forces taxpayers to foot the bloody bill. Case in point, the ‘LNG Canada’ project in BC, which boasts it will be a $20 billion dollar investment in the Canadian economy. It appears to be telling the truth, because almost that amount has been invested already.
It’s Taxpayer Money That’s Being Invested To Build The LNG Canada Project
However, what Canadians do not understand, is that it’s their money, ‘taxpayer money’ that’s being invested to build the LNG Canada project, to the tune of an estimated $19.2 billion taxpayer dollars so far. Now I don’t know about you, but I would love to have seen all that taxpayer money spent on services to Canadians, instead of services to incredibly rich foreign owned and operated fossil corporations. And sadly, the court’s decision marks the end of one of the group’s ability to appeal for environmental sanity.
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation, which has long been fighting the pipeline on the basis that the project would further threaten B.C.’s southern resident killer whales, says it cannot pursue its legal challenge any further, as there’s no court higher than the Supreme Court of Canada. And I pity them, because they can’t even turn to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change for help because it’s completely under the control of the Canada Energy Regulator. On behalf of the Raincoast foundation, Margot Venton said, “This scenario should serve as a wake-up call. If the government is allowed to shirk its responsibilities to at-risk species, then there is something fundamentally wrong with how Canadian species protection works in practice.”
Something Fundamentally Wrong With How Canadian Species Protection Works
And she’s right, but what few are willing to acknowledge and consider, is that one of those species that’s being put at extreme risk is ‘homo sapien sapiens’, also known as ‘us’. So, not only has our government engaged in insider trading, and blatant stock manipulation to protect its foolish stock market investments in fossil fuels, it’s also turned the highest court in the land into nothing more than an industrial special interest review and approval board to rubber stamp global mass murder. Now to this old fart, it seems a whole heap like fossil fuel corporations are telling government what to do, government then tells the courts what to do, and the courts subsequently tell Canadians to bugger right the hell off. And, little exemplifies that better than the Supreme Court’s recent slamming of its doors in the face of those seeking to protect life.
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