The Alberta Environment Minister, Shannon Phillips, spent Earth Day praising the important work of land trusts in protecting Alberta’s environment. That's nice. Land trusts do a lot of good work.
Let’s talk about how the people who live near Fiesta Lake, Millers Lake, Muir Lake, East Dollar Lake, Beaver Lake, Mitchell Lake, Ironside Pond and Jackfish Lake spent their Earth Day.
Those people are dealing with dead fish from a winter kill caused by bad lake aeration. Several more lakes across the province are dealing with extreme winter kill because late last year the NDP decided that they would change the method they use to aerate the lakes during Alberta’s long and gruesomely cold winters.
The government changed the method they used to aerate lakes because the old way left holes in the ice and they were concerned about liability issues. Municipalities put up signs to indicate thin or dangerous ice conditions all the time. Why isn't this something the big thinkers in government could have done on these lakes?
The new aeration method failed miserably and now businesses who rely on fishing and tourism on these Alberta lakes will lose thousands of dollars because the fish are gone and the lakes stink.
Remember, the NDP are environmentalists. They care about the earth. Sometimes it seems like that's all they can talk about; how they care about the earth and us conservatives don't. The NDP know what's best for mother nature and they'll stop global warming by taxing us to death.
But just don't let them babysit your goldfish.