In February, the BC Wildlife Federation rolled out a news release announcing it "strongly opposes the initiative to create a National Park in the Flathead Valley." The reason: such a park is "completely unnecessary and will only detract from the use, enjoyment and economic benefits of this region to the British Columbian economy." And, as part of that release, the federation included as background "a speech to the BC Legislative Assembly delivered by Bill Bennett, MLA East Kootenay, March, 2008." But it turns out portions of that speech were never spoken in the legislature. The text cited by the federation is 1,715 words long. Whereas Mr. Bennett's statement in the legislature is 1,165 words long, according to the Hansard transcript.
April 20, 2009