Senior Citizen Outraged By Government Spending On Protests
This old fart is very concerned about the horrific cost of the social upheaval taking place in Canada, and feel it’s time to say something. I know for a fact that there’s a lot of other old farts who, like me, believe that change has needed to come for a very long time, so we’re all for it. But it ain’t just the dollars that’s being spent all willy-nilly that concerns me, it’s the darn way that it’s pitting the nation against itself, all foolishly for foreign profit. Which I don’t like, not one little bit. So what kind of dollars am I talking about?
Over $121 million spent just for overtime
Well, it’s reported that recent civil unrest in Hong Kong has cost over $121 million – just in overtime. Add all the logistical costs (salaries, equipment, meals, and transportation) to those numbers, and it’s easy to see just how incredibly expensive civil unrest really is. But organized resistance to effect change is not something new, for history is full of social upheaval and civil readjustments, and there’s many a good book filled with all kinds of examples. When enough people feel that something needs to be done, they’ve always done whatever they needed to do to get it done. Tragically, a very great many wealthy and powerful persons literally lost heads in the process.
Dirty oil and gas development tricks are being used
Now I’ve lived long enough to know firsthand that at one time in history standing up for the stuff that you believed in was both brave and heroic. You see, I’m such an old fart that I still remember being a kid back on the prairies listening local farmers and ranchers just a’spitting, a’sputtering, and a’cursing about oil and companies; calling them all kinds of names that just ain’t right fit for publishing. They claimed the companies used ‘dirty’ tactics to force them into signing contracts, things like telling them things like that if they didn’t sign, they’d just go over to their neighbor and get them to sign, then would suck the fuels right out from under them anyway.
Of course them there farmers and such tried to protest, but just as soon as they did government would ‘reduce’ its crop and animal quotas, railroads would suddenly be ‘too full’ to bring their crops to market, and other punitive actions were taken to force to them to either sign, shut up, or go broke. Most city folk never knew what was happening, nor how one day it would all come back to divide the nation. Today those same brave and heroic folks are socially branded as ‘protesters’, and are spoken of with utter hatred and contempt, as if they’re the spawn of Satan.
Rule of law determined by who rules
At stake are two fundamental issues; the fact that the government of Canada is hypocritically violating its own laws regarding Indigenous entitlement; and the whole issue of foreign corporations making trillions of dollars from the mass depletion of Canada’s non-renewable resources, non-renewable resources that they have effectively managed hoodwink Canadians into actually paying them to take away, instead of paying Canadians for them.
The Wet’suwet’en fight to protect their rights and land, while many Canadian governments and fossil fuel industries fight desperately to convince the public that massively increased extraction and depletion of the nation’s non-renewable fossil fuel resources are in the ‘nation’s best interest’. To foster fossil fuel support, mainstream media is very clearly slanting its news in favor of fossil fuel development (likely because most media’s now owned and/or controlled by fossil fuel corporations).
The mass depletion requires pushing through horrendously destructive projects, and in order to do that, the government has created completely fossil fuel industry controlled bodies to ‘review’ and rubber stamp fossil fuel projects. This is a horrific business conflict of interest on an absolutely monumental scale. These bogus regulatory bodies have approved projects that transverse unceded land, violating of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that established the Indigenous land title and rights of the people involved.
Needless to say, this has caused a great deal of anger among Canada’s Indigenous peoples, but it’s also outraged a great many other Canadians that their government continues to contribute to horrific global pollution, climatic disasters, and is using such archaic, violent, deceitful, and disrespectful methods to get its way. And I’m one of them. So Canada finds itself standing at the brink of social and environmental precipices, with either deadly disaster or peace and prosperity lying ahead, depending on the path it chooses.
But back the costs, a BC court violated the federal Indigenous ruling by issuing an injunction to a fossil fuel corporation in December, 2019 to ‘remove’ any and all obstruction to their construction, human and/or otherwise The injunction included and authorized aggressive punitive action to be taken against the people protecting their land (all at the taxpayer’s expense mind you), and even suggested that perhaps action taken against the defenders would serve to ‘deter’ others from similar action.
That order has since resulted in astronomical costs by the RCMP, They’ve tied up over a hundred officers (at an average of $235 per day plus overtime), put other important work on hold, and an enormous amount of resources (including drones, airplanes, and helicopters for ‘surveillance’) have been used for weeks and weeks on end. This all while many Canadian communities go without the protection they need, and ultimately you and I (taxpayers) get stuck paying for it. Now, you’d think that all that manpower and resources are being used to capture some dangerous and murderous criminals or such, but they aren’t.
The entire taxpayer funded offensive is only to harass, intimidate, insult, assault, arrest and control a handful of peaceful, patriotic Indigenous people brave enough to try to prevent the violation of their rights by both government and foreign corporations. And the people who should be protecting them have turned their sniper’s sights onto them, as government tries to force them to agree to letting their rights be trampled. And what pisses me off, is that as national solidarity for their actions continue to grow, so does the massive diversion of money and manpower to quell the rising public disagreement.
Now in this old fart’s thinking, a whole lot of public funds are being used to protect only a few private foreign interests from a whole lot of Canadians, and according to my pension, that’s a complete crock of crap that needs to end in one a hell of a hurry.
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