Here in B.C., we've been blessed with a multitude of benefits - from the majestic beauty of nature, to a world-view of cultures and people, and a bounty of resources. That all these things make our province a remarkable place to live, play and work in is without question.
And it can be said that our clean, fresh supply of drinkable water is priceless - but that doesn't mean it should be. A lack of governmental regulations has allowed bottling companies like Nestlé Water Canada to suckle drinking water gratis from a Hope aquifer. The mega-corporation, which is not alone in taking advantage of this governmental loophole, drains 230-million litres of fresh water into its coffers without a penny coming back to the province.
It doesn't have to measure or report what it takes. And there is no cash flowing into the provincial bank account. While Premier Christy Clark may talk about a windfall for natural gas, the province has turned a blind eye as this natural resource is bottled and shipped out of B.C. It's been going on for years, generating huge profits for shareholders, and tonnes of plastic recyclables for consumers. But as protectors and keepers of our environment and province, we shouldn't have to swallow it.
Giving away our water goes against everything that our provincial government continually tells us taxpayers - there is nothing for free. Our medical premiums continue to rise to pay for bursting health-care costs; tolls are placed on new bridges to absorb the expense of alleviating traffic congestion; the cost of living keeps rising to new levels.
We may all be guilty of taking our pristine water supply for granted, but that doesn't mean we should allow others to take it for nothing.
It's time to turn off that tap and regulate and measure what is one of our most precious resources.
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