Edmonton, AB (February 4, 2019) – United Conservatives issued the following statement regarding the last day of the NDP government’s last-minute information session:
“The NDP has lost all credibility on their Bighorn plan.
“Today marks the last day of the NDP’s last minute information sessions on their rushed Bighorn plan, a plan impacted by a consultation process that has been flawed from the start.
“As we have said all along, a future United Conservative Government would ensure that the future of the Bighorn and the North Saskatchewan Regional Plan actually works for Albertans and is decided by Albertans including those that live, work, and recreate in this area.
“We will not accept a rammed through process that has been rejected by the communities. The UCP would reverse changes the NDP ram through in the the lead up to the election. The NDP have shown that they are out of touch with the Albertans who call Bighorn country their home and have lost all credibility on this issue.
“There were only a few days’ notice for these meetings, which the NDP previously tried to cancel. NDP Environment Minister Shannon Phillips lost any remaining trust on this issue when she was caught lying multiple times in an attempt to justify cancelling the meetings.
“Any attempt by a desperate NDP government to rush through this process at lightning speed and make decisions of this magnitude just before the election is suspect and completely unacceptable for those concerned about the impact on their jobs, livelihoods, and recreation areas.
“All Albertans are in favour of maintaining our majestic wilderness.
That being said, we need to remember people’s livelihoods and lifestyles are at stake, and decisions about the region are much too important to get wrong.”