Robyn Benson, PSAC

Canadian demockracy


As a concerned member of the public, you might have views on pipelines and the environment, and want to make them known. Put a sock in it, says the Harper government.

Want even to write a letter to the National Energy Board when it holds its hearings? Please fill out this ten-page form. No, this isn’t satire, long dead and buried.

And if the NEB, in its infinite wisdom, deigns to allow you to send it some mail, what difference does it make? Under Omnibus Bill C-38, passed last year, the Harper government gets to overrule any NEB recommendation it doesn’t like, whether negative or positive, in the “national interest.”

It’s been pretty clear what it means by that. Support environmental protection instead of pipelines? According to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, you’re a dangerous “radical.”

The cards are stacked; the fix is in. Your participation in the process is irrelevant. Welcome to Harper’s Canada, 2013.

Meanwhile, the toxic oilspills continue. Here’s more than you want to know about them.

Have an opinion? I’m sure you do. But the Harper government wants you to keep it to yourself.

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