Monday, August 17, 2015

On campaign divisions

If it wasn't obvious already, the last decade of resource politics in Canada should offer us a reminder that the immediate development of resources without meaningful consideration of externalities and risks is all too often a default position.

But if there's anything that can shatter the consensus of developing resources based on the bare hope that people will benefit as a result, it's a sufficiently laughable attempt to push it past what people can reasonably accept - particularly by explicitly prioritizing the resources themselves over the people who are supposed to support their development.

Which is to say: thank you, Craig Chandler, for reminding us just how selfish and antisocial the mindset behind unfettered tar sands development really is. And the more voters recognize that Chandler is merely saying what the Harper Cons actually believe, the better the chances we'll end up with a strong NDP government able to ensure that Canada's natural resources serve the public rather than the other way around.

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