Letters

Letter writer should move

To the Editor,

Re: Grass is greener elsewhere, and Mulcair can’t make up mind, Letters, June 26.

Apparently, we are the only community on Vancouver Island shrinking in size. My humble, and perhaps unwelcome explanation is this: as long as the decision makers do their utmost to return to the industrial past, our population will shrink.

No self-respecting young person of today is clamoring for a job on an assembly line, when new technology offers so many more interesting options. None of us newcomers came here for factory jobs, either, we came for the beautiful natural surroundings.

The mayor is far from alone, wanting to see clean water and whales.

He has been a tiny bright light of hope, in otherwise stale status quo proceedings from city hall.

Perhaps we could find a few people in this town willing to help last week’s letter writer to move to Fort McMurray —the best place on the planet to properly admire present-day human greed and habitat destruction.

As for the letter regarding Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair, how about giving him the benefit of a doubt? What if his resistance to a pipeline across B.C., and tankers on this coast, has another, more altruistic motive than greed and profit for Quebec?

Perhaps he is genuinely concerned about salmon, whales, white spirit bears, and countless fresh-water streams we have here.

Pipelines going east don’t have as many obstacles, and in the other end, there are Canadian refineries, bringing jobs to Canadian people. Would this writer also like to move to Alberta, there better to advocate for Chinese interests?

Rayana Erland,

Port Albern

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