By Letter to the Editor on March 12, 2020.
To say that I am deeply ashamed of our provincial government right now would be a vast understatement. Closing our parks and handing them over to third parties for “budgetary reasons” is one of the most idiotic and shortsighted things I’ve ever heard.
Alberta prides itself on its beautiful scenery, from the untamed majesty of Kananaskis, to the dramatic fusion of foothills and mountains of Waterton. It’s a proven fact that spending time in nature revitalizes one’s mental and emotional health. There are many recreational activities, such as cross country skiing, hiking and more, that visitors cherish and serve as time-honoured traditions for them. Preserving these parks is critical to not only the well-being and culture of our people, but to the biodiversity of the ecosystem, especially in a world that continues to threaten its natural environments with industrial expansion.
Looking at these parks from a business lens makes no sense whatsoever, as their purpose is far greater than what any amount of money could buy.
I thought I couldn’t loathe the United Conservatives any more than I already do after they lowered the minimum wage for people under 18, and cut funding to post-secondary schools, which is now making life even harder on my fellow classmates. And now they’re trying this. It should be clear to everyone that Kenney, Nixon and every politician that supports them doesn’t care about future generations, as every move they have made serves to undermine our place in society, in finance, education, and now, with our connection to our natural world itself. And anyone that is willing to put the future of their own species at such outrageous disadvantages shouldn’t be supported by anyone. I am both saddened and embarrassed to be an Albertan right now.