Aug. 4, 2020

The double standard of Victoria mimics the Province

One often hears from the Provincial Capital of BC about the progressive agenda espoused from this otherwise attractive city. It is most manifest in the provincial socialist government of John Horgan and his Green Party cohorts who hang out there. 

They talk a good line as does the largest city in the Province, Vancouver. But their progressive talk is not followed up with great action. Take the most glaring example: the coal terminal near Delta. It receives coal from the BC interior by railway and is then shipped overseas to the ferocious coal appetites of China and India. And there is under way a $40-billion fossil fuel plant at Kitimat on the central coast. The Province, in one of the most stupid court cases ever undertaken by a Province, tried to usurp federal power regarding the TransMountain oil pipeline only to be quashed by the BC Court Of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Now, this is a Province that speaks of those non-economic, environment-destroying solar and wind alternatives for power and all things non fossil. Sustainability is dripping all over the place. It even has a carbon tax. Yet, here we are with an LNG plant on the coast, coal mines in the interior and the largest coal port in North America just south of socialist alternative energy Vancouver. 

Not to be outdone is Victoria, the capital city, where they like tearing down statues of the Country’s first Prime Minister, John A. McDonald, history be damned. 

But what really caught my eye this week was an article in the Times Colonist, July 28, lauding a recent contract completed at the Port Hope Shipyard in Victoria – a 231-on coal stacker for Neptune Terminals (another coal exporter) in North Vancouver. Steel-making coal is shipped to Europe and Asia from Neptune. It created more than 150 full-time jobs over the last 18 months. It boasts a height of 30 metres and a boom of 47 metres. Total economic impact of $23.6 million. 

Problem is Victoria City Council passed the Victoria 3.0 Economic Action Plan in May 2020. One of the things referenced in the plan was: ‘The actions laid out in the plan will build an economy that enables everyone to flourish and that will set Victoria on a path to low-carbon prosperity.’

See, you can’t make this stuff up – and you don’t have to. 

It’s all there in black. Black as coal that is and soaked in hypocrisy.