Yesterday the Conservatives added a no-confidence vote to the notice paper ahead of opposition day in the house. The motion was added in response to the ongoing protests across Canada concerning the Coastal Gaslink project.
A vote of no confidence, if supported, could spell the end of the government and lead to an election, however, MP Dan Albas confirmed at this point it just remains an option.
“During the Liberal Minority Parliament from 2004-06, the Conservatives always had confidence motion on the notice paper, but also the Liberals, when they were the opposition party, did the same thing,” said Albas.
“We have a job to do to represent the other side, and I’d just remind Mr. Trudeau that he didn’t win the popular vote, so he needs to bear in mind his responsibility as a leader to bring people in and deal with the issues straightforwardly,” added Albas.
Albas also recently discussed the situation in his latest MP report;
From my perspective, I feel it must be pointed out that in no democratic system of governance is there ever 100% agreement on any issue.
I would submit that different perspectives and differing solutions that can be meaningfully debated is part of a healthy democracy.
However, in this situation, I am greatly concerned.
It would seem that some believe that having all 20 different First Nations’ communities along the route signing letters of support for this LNG project by democratically elected band council's is not enough.
The activists and protestors seem to suggest that the five Hereditary Chiefs' in opposition must also fully support this project or it should be cancelled.
In other words, there is an expectation for 100% agreement.
This is a threshold that I believe very few if any, healthy democratic societies could ever hope to achieve.
First Nations are very diverse and it is completely understandable that some will support projects they believe are in the best interests of their community.
It is also understandable that others will oppose certain projects.
This is not unlike what we see with many B.C. municipalities who frequently take different positions on a variety of topics.
Listening to former Chiefs, such as former Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, I believe democratically elected Chiefs' and Councils' who support projects that can help lift their communities out of poverty must be respected by the democratic will of the community.
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