2007 Sep 11
What part of "no" do they not understand?
As federal Canadian politicians gather in St. Andrews this week for a diplomatic forum attended by some 80 delegates from around the world, the familiar message was again sent out concerning the possible passage of LNG tankers through Passamaquoddy Bay to ports in Maine,U.S.A.
Canada stands firm in its decision to refuse to allow LNG tankers passage through what it feels are internal waters. The government feels the potential risk to the environment, the eco-system and the people of the area is too high.
Over the past two days, before international electronic and print media, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Bernier has reiterated Canada's stand, echoed by former Foreign Affairs Minister, now Defence Minister Peter MacKay, and Local MP and Canada's Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson.
But nobody in the United States appears to be listening. The developers continue to announce their plans and proceed with various applications for permits and licensing.
What will it take to get somebody to listen?
© 2007 Advocate Media
Article republished on Save Passamaquoddy Bay website with permission.
The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB