Applauding ladies’ group

Gender politics is really nothing new, a Parksville reader says.

To the Editor,

Gender politics is really nothing new; doesn’t the provincial NDP have regulations about how many women run as candidates?

According to Parksville local media, those attending the ladies-only meeting with Premier Christy Clark last week were delighted with how things turned out.  Reports state there was a “booming applause” when the premier mentioned protecting our coastline against tankers; I only hope that the applauding ladies have checked how other countries treat their resources, and their international trade.

For example,  the United Arab Emirates just built a 380-kilometre pipeline across the desert and Hajar Mountains to a new oil terminal at Fujairah on the Gulf Of Oman; the UAE now safeguards its export of crude oil.

The applauding ladies—who demand cash-strapped governments provide better health-care services, better day-care and schools for their offspring, better senior care for their parents, etc, etc—must be aware that B.C. and Canada would greatly benefit by exporting refined bitumen products via pipeline and tankers. Otherwise, we will all be left eating dust.

Bernie Smith,

Parksville