You might recall the Coastal GasLink pipeline from the Canada-wide, not-exactly-peaceful protests back in 2020, which saw environmental activists blockading roads and train lines, slowing the flow of goods across the country to a crawl, forcing CN Rail to lay off hundreds of workers, and Via Rail to halt their cross country passenger service, seriously inconveniencing nearly 100,000 thousand Canadians who rely on their trains for transportation. (Funny, the Trudeau Government didn't even consider invoking the Emergencies Act against them at the time.) And this was all done in solidarity with indigenous Canadians of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, the vast majority of whom, as we reported at the time, we actually in favor of the pipeline's construction.
Well they've now graduated from "not-exactly-peaceful" to "actively violent."
The Financial Post reports:
RCMP are investigating what is being described as a “organized violent attack” on pipeline workers, police and equipment at a Coastal GasLink drilling site near the Morice River in northern British Columbia. Mounties were called for reports that 20 masked people, some of them wielding axes, had attacked security guards at the work site near Houston, B.C., shortly after midnight Thursday, smashing the windows of their vehicle. “This coordinated and criminal attack from multiple directions threatened the lives of several workers,” TC Energy Corp., the company building the Coastal GasLink pipeline, said in a statement. “In one of the most concerning acts, an attempt was made to set a vehicle on fire while workers were inside. The attackers also wielded axes, swinging them at vehicles and through a truck’s window,” the company said. “Flare guns were also fired at workers.”
It is hard to believe that this attack had nothing to do with the ongoing situation in Ottawa. Prime Minister Trudeau's decision to invoke the Emergencies Act (on a pretext, which will now not even be debated by parliament until next week when it has already been used to jail peaceful protestors and seize their bank accounts) is currently monopolizing the national conversation, which was already focused on the Freedom Convoy protests. These eco-terrorists no doubt saw this as the perfect opportunity to strike a blow against the pipeline and attract little-to-no negative media attention, thus allowing them to portray themselves as simple peace loving hippies whenever Coastal GasLink gets back into the news.
Which is to say, while the Trudeau government is reportedly planning a brutal crackdown on the peaceful Freedom Convoy protestors in Ottawa this weekend (they've already arrested two of the protests organizers), these actual terrorists are likely to get away with this.
Suggested Babylon Bee headline: Actual Canadian Terrorists Angry that Anti-Terrorism Legislation Not Being Used Against them.
Oh well, at least they were wearing masks.