In solidarity with the 100,000's of people demonstrating outside the farcical Copenhagen Climate-Change imbroglio, on the final day of the conference I climbed the tallest flagpole in the 'commonwealth' on the front lawn of the BC legislature. I hung a banner protesting British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell's efforts to deliver 525,000 barrels-per-day, -fully half of daily Tar Sands dirty oil production- across our province to the Pacific Coast.
I've never trended much towards any nationalist or patriotic proclivity, although I'll admit to a slight twinge of pride of nation was when a former Prime Minister, in spite of overwhelming pressure, said 'fuck you' to GWB when he wanted Canada to join in with his attack, invasion, occupation, torture, rape and massacre of Iraq. But with Canada's Bush-style Neocons, Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper busily forwarding the most globally notorious and clearly planet-killing Alberta Tar Sands industrial mega-project, now I'm utterly ashamed to be a Canadian.
Stephen Harper's recent cowardly, grudging and sneering performance, and the grovelling, quisling performance of his sycophant, Gordon Campbell at Copenhagen shamed and embarrassed Canada before the world. The drunken Premier of British Columbia joined Harper in Denmark to offer his 'support.' And to make matters even worse, Tzeporah Berman, CEO of ForestEthics Canada, which purports to work to protect BC forests and on other environmental issues, followed Campbell to Copenhagen to issue him an award for "Climate Leadership." After nearly a decade of Gordon Campbell at the helm, the British Columbia environment has taken a horrific corporate shit-kicking.
With our institutionally corrupt and gerrymandered excuse for democracy, and with giant transnational logging corporation's as his principal campaign financiers, Campbell has won successive majority governments by garnering on average, about 30% of the vote. And it is truly an embarrassment how cheap these corporations have been able to buy themselves a British Columbia government. The predictable result is that Campbell has presided over an unprecedented level of destruction in our forests.
His very first act of government back in 2001 was to abolish the Ministry of Environment. Next, he immediately reinstated the Grizzly bear trophy hunt. His government oversaw the culling of Golden eagles, which they scapegoated for the logging-caused extinction of the Vancouver Island marmot. As Canada's 'Most Endangered Species' these marmots only survive in captive breeding laboratories now. Campbell gutted the provinces Forest Practices Code, and then attempted to privatize the public forests of BC, which comprise more than 90% of the provinces land mass.