The Next Alberta conserves and restores the wild spaces, wildlife, and waterways that are so vital to Alberta’s identity. My children had opportunities to be awed by Alberta’s spectacular beauty: watching the moon rise over a campfire on the Red Deer River, scrambling along the banks of the Livingstone River, learning about mountain goats and wolves in William A. Switzer Provincial Park.
My dream is for my grandchildren to have similar opportunities.
What does Ottawa need to do to respect this dream of the Next Alberta?
- The federal government, through the Species at Risk Act, should protect the critical habitat vital to the future of endangered and threatened species such as the greater sage-grouse, grizzly bear, and woodland caribou.
- The federal government should listen to calls to make the ecological integrity of Alberta’s National Parks the number one priority for Parks Canada. More federal financial and human resources investments are needed here.
- The federal government should strengthen and reinvigorate the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). Environmental assessments should ensure all Albertans have a generous opportunity to be heard when major industrial projects such as the Northern Gateway Pipeline are proposed. Dramatic budget cuts to the CEAA should be reversed.