Many Islanders keep telling me that they are still angered when they see or discuss the Plan B-aloney, which is now a visible testament to the disregard for democracy shown by the premier and ministers of the P.E.I. government, including a raid by the RCMP.
Now we see a similar situation in Elsipogtog, N.B., – a peaceful encampment is attacked by RCMP being used to bully protesters and squelch opposition at the request of a provincial premier. Again the protest is against the greedy and short-sighted corporate control that is causing the destruction of our life-giving natural resources.
Our society has already caused too much damage to our land and water – we can't allow the disaster of fracking.
Some media at Elsipogtog have unfortunately given confusing reports that downplayed the brave sacrifices being made by peaceful protesters to protect the land. Those media reports follow the lead of wealthy large corporations demanding development on their terms.
Their so-called “infrastructure progress” of fossil fuel development, and also highway expansions, is not progress at all. It is destroying the basic infrastructure of life and wasting scarce dollars that should be funding a transition of our society away from mindless consumption and growth.
We don't need faster highways, big machinery, fracking, oil pipelines, or military industries – none of these make our lives safer or happier.
The legacy of the 'Stop Plan B' Camp Vision is that many more people now see through the lies and will take action to build a true democracy on P.E.I., one that is free of corruption and based on co-operation. They share a positive goal of clean water, air and energy to restore our Island and give our children a healthy future.
We invite those concerned to attend two upcoming events in Charlottetown: a presentation on debunking the myths of fracking on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., and a workshop on community action Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both take place at Murphy’s Community Centre. More information is available at www.atlantic.sierraclub.ca or by phoning 675-4093.