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They say that these pipelines are nation building, and they’re right.” said Berman to a group of hursute protesters. “They’re building a nation of resistance, and from Northern Quebec where thousands of people are joining town halls against Energy East, from northern Ontario, in Alberta, across British Columbia we are seeing people standing up, people taking a stand for the future to ensure that we can build a Canada that we are proud of again
For one or other of those competing Calgary groups that have sprung up in the last year to bring the right together—Get Alberta Working, or Alberta Prosperity, or Annihilate the Orange Bastards… one loses track—the young Calgary lawyer, former Manitoba PC party President, and Jim Prentice’s 2014 leadership campaign manager Doug Schweitzer, 37, was the golden boy: youthful, confident, polished, centrist… almost—dare one breathe it?—Lougheedian.
At least that’s what his fan base were selling. We find him a tad dull.Anyway, Doug was all set to announce his candidacy for next March’s Progressive Conservative Leadership contest. He had, he said, “attracted a talented team, and developed campaign infrastructure that is unrivalled” and team Doug had reputedly hosted “hundreds of meetings across Alberta.”
We can’t help it: the name excites visions of pagan stuff: witches, goblins, dark forests, and, well, wild-eyed eco hippies from British Columbia. For that of course is what Tzeporah Berman, whom Environment Minister Shannon Phillips appointed as one of many co-chairs on Alberta’s 15-member Oilsands Advisory Group, is. Or what she might seem from a distance. And certain intemperate remarks Tseporah has made about the “tar sands” —i.e. they resemble Mordor—and the need for no more pipelines, have excited the Wildrose opposition, Ezra Levants’s Rebel Media, and other right-wing planet burners. Not to mention the Liberal, PC, and Alberta parties.
Her celebrated activism and affiliations in BC, most famously as an organizer of the 1992 mass protest of clearcut logging in Clayoquet Sound—