Our View: Canadians Eh?

Kinder Morgan's coming to Sooke. That doesn't mean we can now lose all sense of respect for others.

As Canadians, we are an intelligent, courteous and right-minded kind of folk. We are world-renown for our willingness to help, our kindness and acceptance of other views, as well as other cultures.

So why is it that when something does not agree with us – like the subject of Kinder Morgan – all that courtesy gets tossed aside in an instant, rage sets in and we haphazardly throw signs of protest up in the air – with minimal thought provided on what exactly we are screaming at.

Is there a pipeline running through Vancouver Island? Is there an ominous Sooke-based oil platform going catchunk-a-tchunk out in the strait, endlessly pumping out the black fuel and clubbing our baby seals to death? No. There isn’t.

But we like to be involved in the bigger picture – or more so, involve ourselves. And in that process, we sometimes end up throwing our opinions against our supposed evil-doers with little regard to respect and common courtesy.

Let us remind ourselves that we are better than this, and that we, the community, as well as our city council – have invited Kinder Morgan to come here and talk to us on April 7.

So please. Drain out the molotovs and keep the pitchforks in the garden shed where they belong. No one wants this to be a slug-fest.

Let’s have some respect and give them a chance to say what they have to say that night.

 

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