Piping in new national parks

by Harvey Locke

In 2002 I was asked to represent CPAWS in Ottawa the day that Jean Chretien announced a massive expansion of our national parks system. I and two other environmental leaders were asked to wait in the lobby where the Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps joined us. Then to my surprise we led into the room by a bagpiper and seated with the PM. He then got up and declared that "Canadians love nature" and announced the goal of creating 10 new national parks, five new marine conservation areas and expanding three national parks.