“If I could increase it, I would”

These are the words  of Tim Brown, CEO of Nestle Waters, responding when asked if Nestle would decrease the extraction of ground water to supply its California bottling operations. He would increase it if he could. He doesn’t see the historic California drought as anything more than an opportunity – all of those who thirst are simply potential customers.

This is what privatization of public resources has resulted in. This is why we have governments. This is why we have governance. This is why the Conservatives are no longer in power in Alberta.