It looks like provincial New Democrat MLA Michael Sather may need to get his nuance circuits check. In his response to the Speech from the Throne, the intergovernmental affairs critic complained the Campbell administration's park user fees are a "direct disincentive for people to visit our parks and for people to use our parks...If the government is interested in increasing visitation to our B.C. parks, and I think that's a good goal to increase visitation, the first thing they should do is remove that parking tax, because it's not really even a parking tax, it's a park entrance tax." But later, while speaking about the government's plan to put resorts in parks, Mr. Sather commented "We know that increasing visitation by a large extent to any park is not good for wildlife...This is not what we want to see in our parks - not at all. So as I said, I can only hope that government will reconsider this ill-fated decision to increase commercialization of our parks."
March 7, 2006