The province has a history of bitter, unyielding fights over resource issues. And no wonder. We have a highly resource-dependent economy, a population of passionate environmentalists, and significant urban-rural divides
The bitter fights these conditions produce are not good for BC. As opposing camps get more entrenched, facts seem to matter less and less, moderate voices get drowned out, and concepts such as trade-offs, compromise, common ground and public interest get forgotten.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can find ways to reach sensible decisions that don’t compromise our economic well-being or our principles. But we do need to make changes. This series examines some of the key causes of our dysfunctional resource debate and suggests a few things we can do to turn things around.