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Stephen LeDrew: Canada should enforce the law with Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline protests

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As the lawless anti-pipeline protests ramp up on Wet’suwet’en territory, our stagnating economy suffers. We are being poorly served. It is time to let Ottawa know that it is failing us.

Protesters in Ontario are continuing to bring rail transit in the busiest corridor in Canada — Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto — to its knees, forcing 14,000 persons on one weekend alone to shift at the last moment from carbon-friendly public transit to gas powered cars.

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These illegals are in solidarity with illegal protestors on the West Coast, who are protesting the Coastal Gas Pipeline, which has been approved by all government and regulatory authorities to bring natural gas to a $40 billion Liquified Natural Gas plant for export. 

Just six years ago, Canada was amongst a handful of countries with plans for numerous LNG plants —18 to be exact. The U.S. had only a few on the drawing boards — now the numbers have been virtually reversed.

Because who would want to try to invest in Canada?

Apparently, in Canada, it no longer matters whether a project bringing tens of billions of dollars to our almost stagnating economy is approved by all authorities or not. A handful of individuals 4,000 kilometres away, travelling in gas-powered trucks, dressed in clothes and boots made from petroleum products, can create havoc with impunity by protesting pipelines.

No problem, no charges!

Also watch: Wet'suwet'en Nation divided on Coastal GasLink pipeline (Provided by Global News)

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And on top of that, even though the “protesters” are Indigenous persons acting illegally in solidarity with those illegals in B.C., the local chief in Ontario said that neither he or the band council authorized the stoppage.

And those protesters in B.C. who are supported by the handful in Ontario are themselves only a few. Over 20 First Nation bands in B.C., who stand to gain, have approved the project.

The spokesperson for the illegal B.C. protesters acknowledged on CBC that they were acting contrary to the position of their duly elected chiefs, and also that they did not recognize the sovereignty of Canada.

First Nations members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory block train tracks servicing Via Rail, as part of a protest against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada February 8, 2020.   REUTERS/Alex Filipe © Thomson Reuters First Nations members of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory block train tracks servicing Via Rail, as part of a protest against British Columbia's Coastal GasLink pipeline, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada February 8, 2020. REUTERS/Alex Filipe This is not protest, it is insurrection.

Before we descend into a third world country of lawlessness, Canadians need to be aware of what is happening, and tell their elected reps that this is not only counter to the law, and economics, but it is also insane.

Stephen LeDrew wearing a suit and tie: A screenshot from Stephen LeDrew's video about the anti-pipeline protests. © Postmedia A screenshot from Stephen LeDrew's video about the anti-pipeline protests. Canada has already fallen behind others in LNG because of a federal government that is viewed, with good cause, to be antagonistic towards any energy development other than wind or something yet to be developed.

We have shed jobs and investment at an alarming speed.

We have governments, both federal and provincial, which will not take any action against lawbreakers if they are Indigenous.

We are being poorly served. It is time to let Ottawa know that it is failing us.

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