By Letter to the Editor on January 11, 2019.
With regard to the Bighorn Country proposal the NDP government is trying to jam through before the next provincial election, one of their reasons for the park is overuse by an increasing population in Alberta. Yet they want to develop more tourism in these areas.
What? How does that compute? The NDP ask Albertans for input and announce public meetings to discuss the proposal. Input from Albertans causes them to suddenly cancel the public meetings in Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Red Deer and Sundre. The NDP cite safety concerns for Albertans as the reason for cancelling these public forums. Intimidation and threats. What a crock.
Deadline for your input is Feb. 15 but now you have to try to contact someone by phone. Probably one line and stay on hold for four hours. The NDP has already slammed through Castle Country, closed access in the Porcupine Hills and the Livingstone. Now this.
This quest to have a park corridor from Yellowstone to the Yukon is the main reason and recreation from Albertans can suffer or cease to exist. Look what has happened in Castle Park. Campgrounds have been developed for full hookups and all the amenities. Millions spent on waterlines, power, sewage and roads developed. This is the new definition of a pristine wilderness, Castle Country. Millions spent and the campgrounds are empty.
Hunting is allowed but conditions so stringent (firearm permits, no hanging of game overnight) most hunters have abandoned the area. Free-range cattle are allowed to lay and defecate in our creeks but they do not bother the fish. Yeah, right. Albertans are being forced north. The timing is just wrong and deadlines too short to access input or recommendations.
Alberta has huge deficits, taxes continue increasing, businesses failing, unemployment, oil and gas are decimated so where is the money coming from for this proposal?