For decades we have let the anti-progress, eco-extremists set the dialogue and the agenda on proposed energy projects. We were too busy working. We aren’t the type to spill into the streets. Their protests aren’t going anywhere right?
Well we were wrong.
The extremists are winning and all of Canada is paying the price as we lose billions in energy revenue and untold billions in general investment as we are seen as a nation that is a slave to minority protesters.
Finally people are getting up and not letting the extremists control the messaging.
Last month thousands of ordinary Calgarians came out on a cool day to show their support for the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The demonstration was productive and peaceful. Great speeches were given by activists and politicians and many in Canada took notice as they finally saw people taking interest and getting out to show their concern with the state of our energy industry.
This is quite a contrast from the increasingly violent and extreme anti-energy protests that we are seeing.
Polls are indicating that Canadian support for the Trans Mountain pipeline is actually increasing in light of the ongoing protests against it.
Normal Canadians are tiring of the extremists and nutcases dominating discussion on important energy infrastructure projects.
That said, politicians still live in abject terror of the tiny minority of crazed protesters who set up grimy camps and illegally chain themselves to equipment. The influence of these extremists is disturbing to say the least.
We need to beat them at their own game and we are beginning to do so.
Today a protest was being planned by the usual suspects where they intended to make a racket outside of the downtown Calgary Marriot in hopes of disrupting an Enbridge shareholders meeting in the hotel.
The group Rally 4 Resources organized a counter demonstration with just two days notice and the result was excellent.
Well over 200 concerned citizens came out on a rainy Wednesday afternoon to support the Line 3 expansion.
An orderly demonstration of support was held while the dozen or so extremists found themselves lost in the background pounding their drums in futility.
Had people not come out in support of our energy industry, the little handful of anti-progress demonstrators would have had full control of the messaging and headlines today. Instead they failed and were exposed as being the tiny minority that they are as they were dwarfed by the positive demonstration of energy supporters.
This is what we need to keep doing. I know that we have things that we would rather do. I know that we need to earn a living as opposed to taking grants from American interests as the anti-pipeline lobby does. Despite that, we need to keep coming out.
We need to blunt the disruptive tool of demonstrations that the anti-progress lobby uses. The best way to do that will be to keep coming out to show just how tiny their support levels really are despite all the noise they make.
I don’t know the folks at Rally 4 Resources personally but I do want to thank them for putting this together. They did a great job.
The only thing that was lacking was a large media presence.
The well funded anti-energy types are very skilled in media communications and they play it well. We need to work on that front as well in future gatherings. People need to hear from the majority for a change and that means working to get that message to the media.
I look forward to the next rally.