Prepare to get taken to the woodshed, Junior.
In a move that brings joy to my heart, our new NDP/Green government has shown its ready to back up its promises (sort of the very thing Justin didn't do).
Joining BC's opposition to the Trans Canada bitumen pipeline, is the truly great Tom Berger, a fellow I got to know from his advocacy and inquiries but also from arguing several cases before him as a Justice of the BC Supreme Court.
I think CBC summed it up succinctly and without a whisp of hyperbole:
...the 84-year-old is perhaps the closest thing to a bona fide legend in B.C.'s legal and social justice circles and literally wrote the book on stopping pipelines.
While he argued for and successfully won the landmark Aboriginal title case Calder v. British Columbia early in his career, Berger is best-known for his work as the Royal Commissioner of the 1974 Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry commissioned by the federal government.
His book Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland based on the commission's findings — written in clear, plainly written prose paired with evocative images — became an instant best-seller.
In fact, it became the best-selling document ever published by the Canadian government.
Ottawa would do well to realize that Tom Berger is a lightning rod. He's that rare person who draws people to the support of certain beliefs and principles. And the photogenic little boy who betrays those he induced to believe in him and showed his principles were fungible is going to fight for the hearts and minds against a guy who literally will shred him. Hard not to feel like a boy who just learned his country had won a place in the World Cup finals. Yeah, bring it on.