Methinks my member of Parliament, Robert Sopuck, speaks with a forked tongue.
The Honourable Mr. Sopuck (Conservative, Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette) recently rose in the Commons to brag about his government’s multimillion-dollar “national conservation plan.” The plan, he promised, “will mobilize action across all regions for stewardship and conservation.”
Then take a look at his last household mailout. In it, he once again cheerleads the reopening of the long-closed Mount Agassiz ski resort in Riding Mountain National Park. This entirely reverses an earlier plan to remove the ancient infrastructure and return the site to its natural state. And never mind that the reopening is opposed on several grounds by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
“CPAWS” is one of our nation’s main watchdogs trying to make sure our parks are managed in a way that leaves their natural heritage unimpaired for future generations.
But simply reopening the resort apparently isn’t enough for Mr. Sopuck. He’s all atwitter now about redeveloping not just the ski area, but the entire eastern escarpment of the park, even for year-round pursuits! He invites entrepreneurs “not only in Manitoba, but across Canada,” to get in on the action.
What do you have in mind, Mr. Sopuck? Midways? Carnivals? Candy-floss kiosks?
I guess I’m not really surprised given that Mr. Sopuck’s government continues to approve tar sands projects that are driving entire herds of caribou extinct in the boreal forests of Alberta, and bulldozed ahead despite massive opposition, with a wacky and tawdry scheme to allow a U.S. multi-national to build a massive, glass-bottomed viewing platform in Jasper Park.
In fairness, it is not only the Harperites who have shown they are prepared to place Canada’s once-proud conservation ethic on life support. Other governments at other levels have done it, too. I’m just worried that Mr. Sopuck may actually be prepared to pull the plug!
Hypocrisy, thy name is Robert!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 4, 2014