COMMENTARY · 20th January 2013
ďDon't talk like one of them, you're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me. They need you right now. But when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper. See, their morals, their code . . . it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you, when the chips are down, these . . . these civilized people? They'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve.
Heath Ledger as The Joker: The Dark Knight: (2008)
Is it true that we simply discard people then they are no longer useful to us? Are our morals, and the codes we abide by, truly a bad joke? And are we only as good as the world allows us to be when the chips are down, when we break down and become nothing more than animals?
I believe the answer to all of the above is:
Itís a very hard reality to face and come to terms with. I mean who wants to face some very dark and real facets of society when itís simply easier to ignore or hide them from ourselves.
Some use alcohol, some drugs, and yet others create entire religions to explain away the parts of life too horrible and unbearable to comprehend; used to mask ones fears, contempt and hatred.
Our need to control; an established order that is heeded, no matter how broken or how detrimental, or how it hurts others around us.
I think all the pieces to this bleak and dark puzzle came together for me in Kitimat when the idea of an escort service in the community became the latest cause for concern and debate within this tiny little town tucked away at the end of the road. Out of sight and out of mind.
You see, those who live in such isolated and small places seek a sheltered life; one far away from the larger world they find frightening, seeking out something much simpler.
Sadly they can never escape the larger world and this is why, now, one the smallest towns, at the very end of road, has now been found. It is being used to begin a war within Canada itself.
Kitimat has been used and very much abused for more than a decade. It now falsely believes it is witnessing a turn for the better. A new golden age on the horizon will return it to former glory if they just cater too, and trust the outside world; they tried so desperately to hide from.
How wrong they are.
In Canada there is one major issue which connects to all the others; and it is simply this: Money vs. Environment.
This is the greatest battle this country has ever seen. No one even seems to realize that a war has been started within our country; between our own citizens. Yet the majority doesnít seem to mind or care.
This all could have been averted if the status quo had just been maintained, but no, that wasnít going to do was it?
Escort services, Idle No More, and the one thing that brought about all of this: An Oil Pipeline.
The majority of Canadian citizens made a choice in the last federal election. They didnít vote for a conservative government, they voted for a regime that would seek only one goal; to sell Canada to the highest bidders under the guise of economic prosperity and jobs.
The majority agreed to this and by doing so approved a war against there own fellow Canadians.
Morals and ethics were cast aside for money. Canadaís soul was given away forever.
It started with the JRP hearings in Kitimat.
We were told that foreign radicals were going to hijack the proceedings; that Canadians against the Enbridge Pipeline proposal were radicals.
Minister Oliver as much as stated; we are nothing more than homegrown terrorists.
The Canadian government had declared war on its on citizens and no one even seemed to notice or care.
The meetings came and went and, no, they were not hijacked, they were not disrupted. In fact they were peaceful and informative. Many came to make presentations and present valid evidence and information.
Those people were wasting their time. War had already been declared and nothing would change it because enough of there fellow citizens brought it about.
Letís connect some dots here: Kitimat was once a thriving community with a growing economy, well paying jobs and for many years it looked like the good times would never end, and then they did.
Like with many resource communities before; it was the inevitable boom and bust cycle.
Industries with their highs and lows and profits not what they were, most either closed down or reduced their workforce, leaving Kitimat a shell of its former self.
Kitimat pleaded for help, it looked to its federal and provincial governments for that help. It found nothing.
But then, suddenly, those same governments needed something from Kitimat. Seeing how desperate and beaten we were, it was a very easy proposition to force Kitimat to accept anything to make the hurt stop.
They offered an oil pipeline: What they really offered Kitimat was a legacy of a future war and one that would open up the deep divisions Canada has within its people, its provinces and itís the first nations.
A Bill was proposed: Bill C-45
This was a bill that was needed in order to make the pipeline to Kitimat a reality. It sought to change rules, regulations and environmental protections that were in place. We were told this bill would lead to prosperity. It was actually a declaration of war against the first nationís people of Canada.
Idle-No-More was spawned from this Bill. You will hear all sorts of different versions of what Idle No More is about but know this; it all comes back to Kitimat since Kitimat is the reason for all the fighting.
Kitimat was desperate, the government knew this. They knew they were elected for the single minded purpose of economic growth at any means. This meant, once again, the very same war which begat Canada, against the first nations peoples land and territory which held the resources they wanted. If they werenít going to comply willingly then they would be made too. Sea Otters, Furs, Salmon, Gold, Forests, Coal and now the rivers and waters to facilitate the gas and oil trade routes.
First Nations took to the streets; they protested Bill C-45 and the intrusion, once again, to their lands and rights.
I can tell you from reading many articles online and seeing the comments left by the citizenry of Canada, I have never seen such hatred and racism in my life and I myself am not first nations. I am Caucasian.
So has come to this has it? War from within is it? Hatred of a culture within this country. Hatred, anger and stereotypes about people in the various provinces. Albertans dislike Quebec, Quebec dislikes Alberta, BC angers Alberta. Are you proud of the civil war thatís being created from within?
Is it true that we all really canít get along? or can we?
Its not first nation people at blame when we can't even live in the same country without needing our own identity. Maybe the idea of multiculturalism is truly bullshit when you get right down to it. The proof is everywhere.
So now whatís the next course in this war within Canada?
Maybe Alberta can secede from Canada and take their oil resource with them. Then when it eventually runs out they might think this mean old country and its transfer payment system wasnít so bad.
Maybe Quebec can finally secede as well and finally be their own country. The one they always wanted with a distinct culture, all their own.
Or perhaps that oil pipeline will go through. When and if it does, with First Nationís people blockading it, the Canadian military will be called in. We will witness the war and its ensuing tragedy live on our TVís and watch a human rights and international shaming right before our eyes.
And it will take place here, in Kitimat.
So to you, the people of Kitimat, I hope you take the time to realize what your legacy will truly be; that your self righteous, moral objections to an escort service are pathetic.
At the end of the day, history will clearly show your morals, your code; a bad joke.
When desperate we can be bought off and will look the other way as our community is threatened, our fellow citizens, ignored, shamed and maybe worse.
Will we be proud of our future place in the history books?
Comment by Rick on 23rd January 2013
A well written article however one glaring error is the majority of Canadians did not vote Conservative or for the sell out of Canada but quite the opposite.
Hit the nail on the head
Comment by CC on 21st January 2013
You said it. You hit it right on the head. This is fantastic writing - I am proud of yhou. I have been trying to inform people of how Idle No More Started and to inform them of what is happening to Canada. What happens instead? I am being bombarded with comments and racial stigma about how the Natives are greedy for more. You can bet the bill came about in order to get the pipeline to Kitimat. And in the end Kitimat will get 55 jobs total if I recall. I urge everyone to read this month's Reader's Digest - this is vital, informed reading. This is a sad time in history. And all I see is that the government will push the pipeline through because they are the bullies here, people will stick their heads in the sand, and the Natives will continue to pick up speed with Idle No More (of which YES I support) and caucasion people will continue to sling their mud about with their uninformed rants and in the end there will be broken hearts, destroyed people and only a shadow of the beauty and resources that we had before in Kitimat/our coast. I cannot believe in this day and age the level of closed minds, racist thinking, lack of willingness to try to make any change and the apathy. I am so ashamed to be Caucasion some days - when really we are all the same inside, can we not stand up for each other and make the change where we see help is needed, action is required, knowledge is vital. I just don't understand.
an astute extropolation:
Comment by blocky bear on 21st January 2013
You made a find articulation of the past, present and future of Kitimat and Kitimaat. Were I your college instructor I would give you an A+ for your work! d.b.