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Preserving Bighorn too important for partisan squabbles

11 1 25

It is disappointing to see that the government’s proposal to create new protected areas in west-central Alberta has led to a partisan political brawl.

Over the last week, the government cancelled public information sessions for the Bighorn Country proposal because of reports of intimidation and threats by opponents to the proposal. The local MLA, Jason Nixon of the UCP, then became engaged in a war of words with Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.

Albertans are better than this and we should expect better from each other.

The Bighorn Country proposal is based on the model used so successfully to create Kananaskis Country more than 40 years ago. Although the creation of K-Country by former premier Peter Lougheed was not without controversy, you will be hard pressed to find any critics 40 years later. It has become a provincial treasure.

Criticism of the Bighorn Country proposal comes from a small but highly vocal minority of people. They claim that local residents and user groups don’t want the new protections for the land. They allege they have not been properly consulted, and that the government’s........

© Calgary Herald