Those of you who visit this space regularly know the salamander. His comments are always insightful, tightly argued, and a pleasure to read. He sent this comment on yesterday's post which suggested that it's hard to find a true progressive in the House of Commons these days. His response was much more than a comment. And so, this morning, I turn this space over to him:
.. I am ill informed regarding some of the various regions of Canada.. I speak mainly of the economic forces, opportunities or threats facing the regions and their inhabitants. Humans being but one species of inhabitants.. and of course we do rely on our habitat, last I looked.
There are 'layers' if you will.. to habitat, and one can 'map' these layers in many many ways.. but one of them can be 'politics' - whether progressive or liberal or failure or enlightened. And the boundaries are essentially provincial borders, invisible aside from road signs or the American border etc.
Last week I looked at Alberta & British Columbia from the 'habitat' point of view.. while thinking of the politics, election campaigns, promises, candidates, names, jobs jobs jobs, the wild claims, the public serpents, the snake handlers, the lobbying.. I guess that's all part of the foliage, the flora & fauna of governments, political parties and wannabe politicians. I look at Notely, Horgan, Kenney, Wynne etc.. and the johhny cum latelys Patrick Brown, Singh.. The Left, the Right, the Extreme Right.. the libtards, Greens.. and I wonder.. Yes I truly do wonder
My current context is environment & species.. that's the only reason I became involved.. or weighed in.. or waded into 'politics' - It was Stephen Harper winning a majority government that was my personal trigger. My perspective is how does Left or Right or Liberal or United Conservative Party navigate or initiate or perceive 'environment' ? How do they see 'habitat' - habitat being partly or heavily influential in how they get votes, get alected, or run out of town.
So.. take a navigational map of Alberta & British Columbia showing inland and coastal waters, and to some extent, terrain such as mountain chains. Then overlay the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, then overlay the identified energy deposits, resources, whether tar sands, natural gas, shale oil, coal, lumber, potash etc.. Bingo ! You are looking at the habitat of captured politicians, lobbyists and all too often, foreign owned resource stripping and exporting corpoations. There really is no LEFT or RIGHT.. Conservative, Green or NDP, UCP etc.. Progressive ? Those are just the cutesy hockey style sweaters of political 'brands' - Harper and Kenney sure prove that.. and they can wear several team sponsor patches too.. even the same sponsor for the different team brands !
All I see is what will become the largest, toxic desert in North America. Follow the same 'habitat mapping' in South America & you will see how the forests, waters and air will be trashed.. Apply any projection or map reflecting Climate Change & the situation becomes compressed, extremely dire. Fatal. What 'jobs' will exist in Alberta if my scenario unfolds. Where all those resources in Alberta are removed via British Columbia or the North West Territories? Or via pipelines to Galveston, Texas? Or to New Brunswick 'tidewater' ?
Extirpation or extinction ? Complete system failure.. of wild creature food chains.. No salmon, no polar bear, no caribou or bald eagles. No bobcat or raven, no steelhead, no orca or other cetaceans.. just supertankers and pipelines for Asia.. and no 'Energy Security' for Canadians as Notely, Kenney, Joe Oliver, or Christy Clark proclaim.. its all wonderdust political posturing for 'power' & that is the only 'direction' you will find on the compass rose of my political mapping exercise.. We need a new political model.. even disease can be progressive.. then fatal for the creature .. I think we need a 'jury selection' style model now.. three years local, prov or fed 'duty' random selection of course & you're gone.. done.. 'thank you for your service' & yes there is a useful but hardly large 'pension' as added incentive.
Thanks, sal. Your contributions are deeply appreciated.