Re: Proposed changes to the B.C. Parks Act.
There are many problems with the unnecessary Bill 4 now in the B.C. Legislature, including vague wording.
1. Given that there has been no consultation before the introduction of the bill.
2. Given that vague wording is subject to abuse.
3. Given that B.C. Parks have been seriously understaffed and underfunded by the B.C. Liberals for several years.
4. Given that a B.C. Liberal recently remarked that, “Parks are an economic wasteland.”
5. Given that properly funded and maintained parks become profitable tourist destinations.
6. Given that Minister Mary Polak is charged with the responsibility for the conservation, maintenance and protection of parks, the proposed changes make no sense and are perplexing to say the least.
Each B.C. park was created for special reasons to protect a particular forest or a series of lakes or an animal, bird or plant habitat, so each park is special and sometimes contains unique life of landscape.
The natural area of a park is also a wonderful outdoor laboratory because the area is free from unwanted activity or is secure with the recreational use, scientists have a base upon which to check their work. This can be of utmost importance.
People need to think of the much used slogan, “super natural B.C.,” consider all the enjoyment and interest there is in B.C. parks and contact their MLA, Premier Christy Clark and Minister Mary Polak.
Consultation and clear statements are the least we expect.After all, B.C. parks are the property of the people of B.C. They are our parks.