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This past July, just before the federal election, a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski hill was approved. It requires removing land from legally protected wilderness to accommodate the demands of a private business to expand. This is an assault on the very essence of our national parks.
In the 1960s and 70s, and again in the 1990s, CPAWS and other conservationists fought hard to stop massive commercial development projects in Banff, and won.Twenty years later a similar trend has emerged.
Canada’s national parks are at the heart and soul of our Canadian identity. Yet this growing trend of commercial development threatens the natural values our parks are intended to protect, as well as our collective responsibility to pass them on unimpaired to future generations.
For decades experts have highlighted the threat posed to Canada’s national park ecosystems from incremental infrastructure development. It’s why putting nature first in each and every management decision in our parks is so important, and why the views of Canadians, who polls show value our national parks’ natural beauty and wildlife above all else, need to be respected by the federal government.
We need to stand up for our parks and stop this trend. We have fought this fight before and won. Our goal is to do it again.
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