Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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To: Dion.S@parl.gc.ca, premier@leg.gov.mb.ca, mincon@leg.gov.mb.ca
Subject: Action needed on a national park for the Manitoba Lowlands

Dear Honourable Ministers, and Honourable Premier,

I am writing to you with regards to the proposed new national park in Manitoba. National parks are vitally important to people in Canada. The proposed national park in the Manitoba Lowlands would be a really spectacular addition to the network of Canadian parks. I understand that this park has been in the planning stage for over thirteen years, and that it is not close to being finished. I strongly support the creation of this new national park, and I will watch its development closely.

The new park will be the third national park established in Manitoba. This park ought to be established with the full cooperation of First Nations and local communities. The boundaries ought to be set so as to truly represent the Manitoba Lowlands ecology. The park ought to be large enough to allow for natural processes and ecological integrity to endure. With one exception, your government's most recent proposal meets these requirements (and I commend you for that). The missing piece is Little Limestone Lake. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Manitoba. It has unique features that set it apart from any other lake in the country. Little Limestone Lake really ought to be part of the new park.

In March 2004, the Government of Canada signed an agreement with the Province of Manitoba, committing both governments to establish a national park in the Manitoba Lowlands by May 2005. This promise has not been kept. It is not too late. Create a great new national park. Leave a lasting legacy for the future.

I look forward to your response. Please indicate what steps you will take to ensure the establishment of a national park, with the most carefully considered ecological boundaries.


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