The message that is being proposed is to protect the land and the waters. Of course the public would buy into that and say yes. There are three problems with this.
First problem is there is nothing to protect! This is a beautiful, thriving area and is protected and respected by the users of all areas. The quadders, horseback riders, campers, hikers, and people who just go for a drive to breathe the fresh air respect the land.
The second problem is the government’s plan is not protecting the land. They are encouraging more tourism, development of more campsites, cabins, tourist spots, tourist accommodations, and whatever other infrastructure they decide. How is this protecting the environment with all of this development? How is this protecting the endangered animals by taking away their habitat? How can they ask the public if they want it protected when their plan is to destroy it!
Thirdly, they supposedly consulted Albertans in the Castle Mountain Plan and they lied to get public buy in, then changed their promises for the land.
By agreeing to “Protect the Land” you are actually agreeing to the government destroying one area of beauty and solitude.
Paula Lamoureux, Pigeon Lake