No-Enbridge speakers in good company
To the Editor,
Re: Society is studying projects to death, BC Views, Aug. 30.
It seems that Tom Fletcher considers anyone who opposes pipelines or tankers on this coast, to be part of some questionable segment of society. He also states that “most” of the 4,500 people who had signed up to speak at the Enbridge hearings, did not show up.
I know some of them did not proceed with their speeches, but most? I would like to know where he got this information.
I attended a hearing in Comox last spring, as well as in August. Both times, all the speeches given were serious, well researched, and well presented. Sheila Leggett, the panel chair, thanked the speakers for their research and earnest concern.
The participants came from central Vancouver Island, Quadra Island, Nanaimo, and yours truly from Port Alberni. No Vancouver basement dwellers were in sight.
They will perhaps show up for Vancouver hearings in January, with my friends the lawyer, the therapist, and the award-winning poet. They are following in the footsteps of the leader of a federal party, a former federal environment minister, two emeritus engineering professors at UBC, and several sitting parliamentarians.
A recent poll shows that a significant percentage of B.C. conservative voters are also opposed to the pipeline. If we are all just agitators and white trash, I’m happy to belong.