TO CHRISTIE CLARK:
I have been told that your office has sold the unrestricted rights, to all of our BC water resources, to the international corporation of “Nestle” for a nominal sum ? From what I understand this will pragmatically allow Nestle unimpeded access to export as much of our water resources as they want!
I’ve seen an horrific picture on the web of a massive cargo plane supposedly being loaded with thousands of gallons of BC water destined for the Nestle plants in California. This picture links back to an article in the “Province” newspaper that tells me that, starting next year, this water is to be sold to Nestle for the ridiculous sum of $2.25 per million litres.
I’m paying considerably more than that for the few meager gallons it takes to water my vegetable garden, bathe my kids and flush my toilet, even though I am a citizen of Canada and a long time resident of BC. So, if these facts I have read in the paper are true, how can you possibly justify giving away our resources to a foreign company whose only intention is to sell it back to us at a vastly inflated profit?
If you can answer that question, the next one has to be who are you now actually working for? Your salary, as a public (not corporate) servant is provided for you, by the tax paying residents of this province, because you were elected to look after and protect the interests of the residents of this province. You were also elected to ensure the well being and sustainability of our environment.
If you allow the resources of BC to be bartered away for nothing, over the board room tables of international corporations such as Nestle, how can this be of any benefit to the residents of BC?
How can this fulfill the terms of your contract of employment? I ask this question because it seems to me that you have forgotten who your paymasters really are. Ms. Clark; you are a public servant. A servant of the residents of this province. The water you are giving away does not belong to you, it belongs to us. Your purview is to act only as a steward of those resources. You do not have the right to put corporate international interests above those of the people who elected you.
If this plan is enacted, by next year, when the summer water restrictions (designed to protect OUR environment) go into effect, how will you justify allowing a foreign corporation unlimited access to export as many millions of gallons of water as they wish at the same time as we are only allowed limited access to that same resource? Surely (even leaving aside the obvious inevitability that “drains” into the comparison of BC becoming a barren, waterless province like the resource swandered and desolate states of California and Florida) how will you be able to stand up in public and proclaim that you are working in the best interests of the people who might have once believed in you?
Perhaps it also might be prudent, if such an occasion arises, that you make sure you move any bottles of exported/imported water well away from the view of the cameras and even further away from the disappointed eyes of any British Columbians who might be watching.