B.C.’s appeal court has told Premier John Horgan he can’t stand in the way of Alberta oil flowing to tidewater.
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“B.C.’s fuel demand outstrips local supply, forcing us to buy more expensive fuel from the U.S., while the NDP crusades against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” writes Connor WhelanI guess when Premier John Horgan was blaming oil companies for “gouging” he forgot to mention the additional cost of creating a government-mandated, made-for-B.C. gasoline tax that — when combined with the ever-increasing carbon tax — is the real cause of the out-of-control gas prices in B.C.B.C.’s fuel demand outstrips local supply, forcing us to buy more expensive fuel from the U.S., while the NDP crusades against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and vows to spend even more taxpayer money to appeal a unanimous B.C. Appeal Court decision against the NDP’s position. And the latest information indicates that the carbon tax isn’t working. Carbon emissions have risen in B.C.Canada produces less than two per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, yet we have a minority of environmental zealots in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island dictating to the rest of B.C. and Canada about the pipeline expansion, in spite of it being a matter of federal jurisdiction and in Canada’s best interests.Connor Whelan, NanaimoCan’t they read?I find it difficult to understand why our elected leaders in Victoria don’t understand English.The Supreme Court of B.C. has in plain English told the Horgan government that they’re wrong on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion issue. Our leaders in Victoria plan to go to the Supreme Court of Canada. What a waste of taxpayers’ money!Our politicians were elected to serve the citizens of B.C. — not to destroy the economy of Western Canada.I thought the NDP was for the working person, but they’re certainly proving to only care about themselves, spending other people’s money to satisfy their own personal vendetta. A sad travesty.Terry Taylor, ChilliwackNDP, not taxpayers, should pay for court costUnless the majority of Supreme Court of Canada justices has suddenly become mentally defective, there is no chance that they’ll side with the B.C. NDP government on the question of who has jurisdiction over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It’s clearly a federal matter.Should the B.C. NDP and their Green party allies choose to fight this out at the Supreme Court, and subsequently lose there, then I think it’s only fair that their members buck up and pay all the associated costs of the court battles out of their own pockets so that taxpayers won’t get stuck with the bill.Gary Tupper, New WestminsterAquarium life bad for whalesLetter writer Dan Petryk blames leftist populism for the Vancouver Aquarium’s woes but seems to ignore the huge amounts of scientific evidence that’s been provided over the years that tell us how horrible captivity is for whales and dolphins.If his children truly love these creatures, they should want them to be happy, healthy and free. To want otherwise is hypocritical.Eric Krups, SurreyBirth citizenship wrongI’m in total agreement with letter writers who are objecting to the practice of birth tourism. In order to have the honour of being Canadian, you should contribute something to the country. Just because you’re born somewhere shouldn’t make you a citizen.If a cat had kittens in an oven, would they be biscuits?Judith McQuiggan, CoquitlamLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.