On Monday, May 29, our neighbors to the north, British Columbia, had a surprising and dramatic change in their government. With a parliamentary system, this can happen. Two minority parties cemented a deal to work together - and together they form a new majority in the B.C. parliament. A majority of one, but still a majority. Both parties are against the pipeline and against increased oil tanker traffic in our islands.
Wow. We wrote a short article linking to Michael Riordan’s report in Sightline on the impacts of this pipeline. Just days ago it seemed unstoppable. Now hope springs anew.
We expect more information on Tuesday about possible opposition by B.C. to the pipeline.
For perspective, the Liberal party in B.C. has controlled the government for 16 years. A key point is the Liberal party in Canada is conservative by our USA standards. All very weird and one reason we tend to give up trying to follow Canadian politics. The new ruling coalition is of the New Democratic Party and the Green Party. As Joel Connelly explains, this is quite historic for North America.