Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has released the following statement on the NDP decision to bulldoze ahead with clearcutting of Kananaskis Country:
“The NDP’s decision to bulldoze ahead with clearcutting of vast swaths of trees in the Kananaskis Country and Highwood Pass is unacceptable and disrespectful to those affected.
“The residents and local governments of Black Diamond, High River, Okotoks and Turner Valley, along with environmental groups and recreational visitors to the area, have all voiced their opposition to this decision, but the NDP have turned a deaf ear.
“With this unilateral decision, the NDP continue the flawed environmental policies of the previous conservative government, and have chosen to heed the desire of out-of-province companies over the wishes of Albertans.
“Environmental leadership must go beyond coal, carbon, and lightbulbs. It must also entail protecting and preserving our forests, waters, and wildlife.
“Clearcutting in these areas poses an enormous threat to already endangered local wildlife, the headwaters, which are the lifeblood of southern Alberta, and increase the risk of flooding in the region.
“It is still not too late to do the right thing to prevent this devastation. We must stop the clearcutting of Kananaskis!”