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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

GUNN: In a country blessed to be counted as one of the most robust and respected democracies in the world, illegal blockades and economic terrorism are NEVER an appropriate response


Early last week the RCMP began enforcing a court-ordered injunction to remove two illegal blockades in Northern B.C.  And while some may lament the 14 arrests that occurred in the process – what more could the RCMP have possibly done?

Activists had occupied some of these posts in preparation for this encounter for years. They knew full well about the court injunction and were asked repeatedly by police to abide by it. The alternative would be to allow a small group of radicalized individuals to undermine the democratic will and legal authority of an entire country.
 
In a free and functioning society, this kind of behavior is simply not sustainable, and certainly not acceptable.

In a country like Canada, that's blessed to be counted as one of the most robust and respected democracies in the world, illegal blockades and economic terrorism are NEVER an appropriate response. The pipeline in question (natural gas) has been approved by the federal and provincial governments, a majority of First Nation bands along the pipeline route and the BC Supreme Court. Let's get this thing built!

While these individuals are perfectly entitled to their own opinions and the right to express them, they are not entitled to their own constitution, their own set of laws or their own personal vetoes over every democratically-approved project in which they disagree.

The fact is this is a pipeline approved by an elected government in BC, an elected government in Ottawa and is supported by a majority of First Nation’s bands along the pipeline route.

It has been granted legal sanction by the BC Supreme Court and requires zero taxpayer dollars to build.

On top of all this, it’s not even an oil pipeline. It’s Natural Gas. A resource that by displacing coal-powered plants in Asia will actually lower global CO2 emissions, while at the same time contributing billions to the BC economy.

At the end of the day, it’s an unfortunate truth that in our society, there will never be any one policy that achieves true consensus. 

It’s for this reason that we have elections, and why everyone needs to respect their result and the rule of law.



ABOUT AARON GUNN:

Aaron is an advocate for taxpayers and common sense. Throughout his work and notably in his role as Spokesperson for BC Proud, Aaron has been a voice for citizens across British Columbia and Canada.

Aaron’s viral videos have targeted, among others, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) for dramatically raising rates on BC drivers; Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps for tearing down the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald; the stigma around resource development in Canada; and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his massive deficits and obsession with political correctness.

Throughout, Aaron has demonstrated his commitment to lower taxes, less waste and a stronger Canada. With over 15 million video views on Facebook, his advocacy has reached all corners of the country.

Prior to his work for BC Proud, Aaron worked for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) where he founded and became Executive Director of the Generation Screwed initiative, fighting back against government debt and its impact on future generations.

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