Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Justin Trudeau had a two-term plan when he became Prime Minister in 2015. For his first term, he would rebuild the country's infrastructure, and run a deficit doing so. For his second term, he would do what his father Pierre did and establish himself as a statesman. Justin's best bet at statesmanship was to get Canada a seat on the UN Security Council. He was in the middle of that when the blockades started.
Pierre's greatest political blemish was to invoke the War Measures Act in October 1970 (see video). Justin knows this and will not go there. Invoking the War Measures Act would have Justin in defiance of UNDRIP and ruin Canada's chance at a seat on the Council. What Justin needs to do is get the RCMP out of Wet'suwet'en territory, travel to that territory, and listen. If he is lucky he will leave with the hereditary and elected chiefs standing together, and a new route for the pipeline. Not the route the pipeliners want, but the one the hereditary chiefs suggested to the profit-addicted pipeliners when nobody was paying attention.