Methane, Premier Secrecy, Police Visits
When the Premier of BC plans and carries out a secret visit to Hudson's
Hope, something is wrong.
How often does the Premier come to a small town like Hudson's
Hope? It should have been a well-publicized event like it was in
other small communities in BC.
But worse than a secret visit is what happened when people found out
about the visit. Those people were visited by RCMP or Security,
wanting to know how the information got out and if there was going to
be some kind of demonstration.
Quite unlikely in Hudson's Hope, but what if there was a
demonstration? Is it not my right in Canada to demonstrate and
protest? I think this had nothing to do with security of the
Premier. I think it had everything to do with silencing
opposition to Coal bed Methane development.
What's next? Are the thought police just around the corner?
When do the phone and Email taps begin? How much longer will it
still be legal to have an independent thought? Am I going to get
in trouble for writing this?
Maybe. My employer has already been called in an attempt to
muzzle my thoughts and words about CBM development. Others have
also been pressured to be quiet. This recent incident is just another
ploy in the same game of controlling the opposition. I hope this
incident shocks everyone who is reading this letter.
We are all tied together by a chain of freedoms and rights that make
democratic societies work. When the first link in that chain is
broken, as it is when any individual is harassed, threatened, or even
pressured to remain quiet, then we are all damaged.
Steven W. Metzger,
Just one point on the Ginger Goodwin (Columbia Journal December
posting on your web site: Goodwin never switched his support to the
Industrial Workers of the World.
He was very active in the Socialist Party of Canada and, union-wise,
in both the United Mine Workers of America (Cumberland local) and the
International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Trail local),
but not the IWW.
Incidentally, I have a new biography of him coming out next month -
Fighting for Dignity: The Ginger Goodwin Story. Published by the
Canadian Committee on Labour History, St. John's, Nfld.
Well, I for one, am glad to see the whole hoopla around same sex
marriages dying down.
It was bound to with all these provincial and federal Liberal scandals.
As someone who worked and has gone to school with gay and lesbian
activists, I never saw any desire on their part to have families.
In fact, I remember many of them saying families were horrible
celebrations of heterosexuality and the subjugation of women into
relationships with men. (The assumption here was that women would
prefer to be with other women if given the choice).
In particular, some of the gays were especially upset that families
worked against what they thought was their right to have sex with
minors (boys, obviously).
I think it is hypocritical for these people to now demand that their
relationships be considered the same as everyone else’s when there is
so much anti-family sentiment among their communities.