Image:This image shows the existing river system in the Province of Alberta
To read an article entitled, "Provincial rivers plan slammed", which was written by Karen Kleiss and published in the Wednesday, August 31st,2011 edition of the Edmonton Journal newspaper please click on the following link: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/taste/Provincial+rivers+plan+slammed/5330685/story.html
As stated in the Journal news article whose title I quoted above: "Federal officials and independent experts say Alberta’s plan to protect provincial rivers won’t work, and could even accelerate environmental damage", "new documents show (The new document is this one: http://www.pialberta.org/sites/default/files/Documents/SSRB-WMP-Documents.pdf (Note:You need a program on your computer which can read PDF Files to access the document). Note in yellow the option the Government of Alberta chose to follow!)
"A March 2006 report by independent environment consulting firm Gartner Lee states: "The plan fails to propose any meaningful measures or strategies which would fulfil the government's commitment to protect the aquatic environment".
Once again we see that the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta could care less about another aspect of Albertas' environment, this time the health of our river system has been placed in jeopardy by this party's lack of willingness to engage in actions which would ensure that these rivers and the life within them be conserved! Isn't it ironic that experts feel this way regarding a Party's environmental platform when the party has the word "conservative" as one word in its official legal name?
And how do the ruling Progressive Conservative party respond to these accusations? In this fashion:
"Alberta Environment spokesman Chris Boudreau said the government consulted a wide variety of experts and had to make tough decisions." This plan is so badly created that the Federal Government of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DF)..."is now disassociating from the plan due to the concerns that the water conservation objectives are insufficient to protect the aquatic environment.". Alberta Environment spokesman Chris Boudreau when asked why the former environment minister told Albertans the plan would protect the environment when several reports said it wouldn't, stated, "We've done as much as we can to create water conservation objectives that allow as much water as possible to remain in the river."
Mr. Boudreau, it seems the experts disagree with you, and if the Government says it has done as much as it can, then it is time for you to resign your position, so that someone else can do more for the rivers of this Province! In addition, it is time for Environmental Minister Rob Renner to resign, as well as Deputy Minister of Jim Ellis, and all of your Assistant Deputy Ministers and all other politically appointed members of your staff! (see document: http://environment.alberta.ca/documents/dep_org.pdf
because Albertans deserve to have politicians in place who are not willing to quit on something as important as the health of Alberta's rivers!!
Mr. Renner, the people of the Province of Alberta deserve to know how much taxpayer's money was spent on these experts you consulted with, and who these experts are, experts which in reality the Federal Government of Canada is calling incompetent" because the plan was so badly created?
To read a letter to the editor I wrote to the Edmonton Journal newspaper about this situation please click on the following link: