Correct !!! Every one of them have only a few things in mind:
what can they get from us while they are in office
who is going to pay them for favors
making a name , however bad, for themselves
None have any vision of the future and what could be as oppossed as to what it is. The only goals they have are for the term they serve and nothing more.
The vast amount of land here provides far more than enough for preservation and industry. Most of the "protected" land does nothing more than drain resources to guard it and provides nothing more. There are thousands of acres that could serve a valuable use and still be maintained in a "eco-friendly" manner.
Now, say someone builts a plant somewhere. People come to work. They need housing, stores, recreation, entertainment, roads, food, etc............. the list goes on. One job market spurs another and another and another. Before you know it, that one job market has created a whole working town.
I cannot see why this could not happen. Think the island, for example. If you went due west from the center of Nanaimo for about 10 miles, what is there? Could it be used? What about that area just north of Lantzville where there is nothing. Couldn't that be used?
The possibilities are endless, but with short sighted, "all for me" people in offices, the possibilities are only what you see here: talk. A useless, meaningless bundling of words.