Bennett battles the park kingdom

"British Columbia mining minster Bill Bennett is deriding those who want to turn the Flathead Valley into a national park as 'urban-based enviro's' (sic) and eco-fascists in an e-mail missive that urges his constituents to lobby Ottawa to turn down any request for such a park." This, according to The Globe and Mail's Patrick Brethour. Public Eye has also obtained a copy of that message, in which Mr. Bennett states he "reluctantly" agreed to support a ban on mining, as well as oil and gas development, in the valley because "I can see the writing on the wall. These 'protectors' of the earth will use whatever legal, political, dishonest means they can muster with their American Foundation money to expand their park kingdom." Speaking with Mr. Brethour, the minister said he regretted the use of the term eco-fascist, saying a staff member had inserted it into the email without his knowledge or agreement. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email.

From: Bennett.MLA, Bill
Sent: Mon Jul 12 13:41:27 2010
Subject: Matthaus wants government to show leadership on environmental issues

"Dear Friends,

As you can see from the attached CKNW radio story, the environmentalists continue to demand a national park in the Flathead. Now why would I send this small radio clip to you? Well. It occurs to me that I should try to illustrate just how unrelenting these urban-based enviro's are. As you go about your daily business, in my role as a cabinet minister, I receive news clips almost every day on the Flathead. During the G20, the PM and the US President actually found time away from global economic issues to issue a joint communique on our Flathead Valley. Max Baucus was behind this. When I decided, reluctantly, to support the removal of mining and gas extraction from the Flathead, it was because I can see the writing on the wall. These "protectors" of the earth will use whatever legal, political, dishonest means they can muster with their American Foundation money to expand their park kingdom. They are like the colonizers of history. They love to add another chunk of their favourite colour to the map of the world. They are driven. They know they are right and they tolerate no other perspective.

For these reasons and many more, I urge you to write to Prime Minister Harper and tell him you want to keep your access for hunting, camping, trapping, guide outfitting and forestry. The line is drawn clearly. We either stand strong together against the loss of the Flathead Valley to the eco facists, or we will lose the Flathead. I am there, if you are there."

CKNW World Today Weekend
04-Jul-2010 09:36

Lisa Matthaus says the group Organizing for Change is trying to shift its relationship with government.

6 Comments

King Gordo sure can pick strange folks to be cabinet ministers. This isn't the first time Bennett has made a fool of himself by insulting people. And just like Gordo, he tries to blame someone else. No staffer with half a brain would send out such a email

and, is this "staff member" who freelances still with him?

Bill is a slow learner. He continues to press send before thinking. What a low life move to blame a staff member. Good grief.

I almost agree w/ AVoter.

I'm sure the environmentally conscious Premier really resents this piece of work.

The entire e-mail is laced with inappropriate statements. "Park kingdom"? "They are like the colonizers of history"? "They love to add another chunk of their favourite colour to the map of the world"?

He may be onto something, but belligerenece on public record isn't the solution.

well. it looks like fox news of the north has glenn becks doppelganger in bill bennett. i hope theyre paying attention to this potential barking face with his generic corporate memes . i wonder if bill knows how to pretend cry for a mentally deficient audience?


I have to agree with Mr Bennit on this :

"These 'protectors' of the earth will use whatever legal, political, dishonest means they can muster with their American Foundation money to expand their park kingdom."


And the best way to defeat them is ,

to "Pave Paradice" ...!!!!!

and they'll have nothing more , to complain about...


ted... ( I think they're trying to do that ,
with the timber-west lands )

sa ya , think of the forest jobs that will be created
as the work force moves from cutting logs ,
to driving a paving truck ...!

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