Alberta’s new Parks and Environment Minister, UCP’s Jason Nixon has canceled the NDP plans to turn much of Alberta’s eastern slopes backcountry into a provincial park.
That scheme was replete with new rules that would drastically change the way the people who live and work in the Bighorn use the land they've used for generations.
Even worse, the NDP tried to do that without giving residents much of a say.
I can finally show you what really prompted Alberta’s former Parks, Environment and climate change Minister, Shannon Phillips, to cancel the public consultations on her plan to turn the Bighorn Backcountry into a massive, boring park, off limits to fun and freedom
Even though Phillips was debunked as a liar by the RCMP after falsely stating the the police had advised her to cancel the consultations in January due to “threats” that didn’t happen, I still wanted to know what was going on in her ministry. What was going on behind the scenes while she and her bureaucrats were cooking up her lame excuse to cancel the meetings and deny the people of the Bighorn their opportunity to participate in democracy?
We filed a freedom of information request and I finally have the documents I asked for. Of course, they confirm Phillips is a liar - but we already knew that. However, what it took to get this document package back is a scandal of its own.
We submitted a request for these documents back in January, right after Phillips canceled the consultations. The government bureaucrats then took an extension in February, promising to have these documents to us by March 11th.
We finally received the information we asked for last week. It’s almost as though the NDP realized being exposed in writing as a bunch of serial libelers of good and decent people would be a bad thing to happen in the middle of an election campaign.
Today’s documents will show that some people used rough language and said stupid things on the internet, but that only amounted to less than a half of dozen incidents. I’ll also show you an email that came after a threat assessment that said there were “no credible threats” to the town hall meetings.
The only suggestion to cancel the meetings came from a bureaucrat, and not the RCMP, as Phillips tried to claim and the emails show that no residents contacted the ministry about threats.
In fact, what worried the ministry most was that the residents of the Bighorn were planning rallies, convoys, and protests to force the government to listen to them.
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