Thursday, August 10, 2006

Verbena for Ambrose

A tiny plant may mean the extinction of Rona Ambrose as Environment Minister.

Why, because the plant grows in Klein country, and that means it will be sacrificed for the good of the oil industry.

Klein dismissed a call by the Pembina Institute for a moratorium on oilsands development until a comprehensive plan is developed. ‘‘The Pembina Institute should keep their noses out of anyone’s business, especially businesses that want to take risks,’’ Klein said Thursday.

Of course this is the same province that refuses to protect the endangered Grizzly Bear population allowing for hunting of the last of North America's great bears. And if they allow for hunting of the last of the North American Grizzlies why would they care for a tiny little flower.

The groups picked the least significant plant to test the government's commitment to protecting endangered species, said Devon Page, a lawyer with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.

"Never mind polar bears and grizzly bears and caribou," he said. "What does it say about protection of species under the act if they won't protect the least significant? I think it tells you what will happen: no species will get protected."

Page says Alberta is the only province that doesn't have legislation to protect endangered species. Environment minister asked to save Alberta plants facing extinction

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