MLA’s stance on bill relating to provincial parks simply isn’t acceptable, says reader

By on April 16, 2014

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to Boundary Similkameen MLA Linda Larson.

I am just another one of those disenfranchised Canadians who continues to lose faith in the electoral system but I have to voice my opposition to the passing of Bill 4 by your Liberal government.

I would like to point out that I am not a rancher and that I expect that you already support this bill as you have already publicly stated that you do not support the development of a national park in the south Okanagan.

But this letter to you is the only recourse available to me right now.

Provincial parks are lands put aside in the public trust, a trust your Liberal government has betrayed.

Although I understand the importance of industry and development, I do not think that they should be given the right to explore, drill and develop on provincial parkland.

After all, what’s the point of having a provincial park if it can’t be protected from development?

That is the reason for protecting nature, isn’t it?

I would like to hear from you why you think provincial parklands are designated as such if mining and gas exploration companies have the right to develop on those lands.

I suspect that if it were up to you there would be no provincial or national parks and all land that wasn’t privatized or part of a municipality would be Crown land – free for all ranchers and oil and gas companies to exploit at will without regard for preserving it for future generations or protecting the native flora and fauna.

I do not support Bill 4 and am ashamed as a resident of British Columbia whose government shamelessly advertises its natural beauty to the rest of Canada and the world while stripping its citizens of the right to protect their provincial parks in the interests of oil and gas exploration.

These are the same industries that have proven time and time again that they will put their own self-interest before those of the residents of British Columbia and its forests and waterways.

In my opinion, you are a bad politician because you have clearly stated in public that you will put ranchers before tourists. Statements like those show that you do not consider the opinions of constituents you disagree with.

Do you think that’s a responsible decision to make as an MLA who is supposed to represent all members of the constituency? There are countless British Columbians who value the environment and will not sacrifice their ecological and environmental values for the government’s mantra that industry needs a carte blanche to exploit our waterways and forests, and thereby provide jobs.

In closing, I do not support Bill 4 and would like your government to rescind its introduction.

I also believe you should be more responsible as an MLA and do your job representing all constituents instead of just ranchers et al.

Making statements like those in public turns Canadians against each other, is that the kind of future you’re contributing to? It’s your job to find the middle ground where no one is happy with the outcome, that’s democracy isn’t it?

So go and find that middle ground and stop saying irresponsible things like “ranchers first.”

Thank you

David Gambell

Osoyoos, B.C.

One Comment

  1. Les W. Dewar

    April 24, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with the above letter writer, and I for one, will not be voting for her again.

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