MP Jim Eglinski Questions The Minister on the Mountain Pine Beetle
June 16, 2017
OTTAWA: On June 16th, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, asked the following question on what the Liberal government’s plans are to stop the Mountain Pine Beetle from spreading in Jasper National Park:
“Mr. Speaker, Jasper National Park, one of Canada’s major tourist destinations, has been devastated by the pine beetle infestation. Much of the forest is dead or dying. The dead trees are a tremendous fuel load and present a significant risk to the community of Jasper.
Residents are concerned for their own safety and that of visitors, and the security of their homes. There is a high risk of wildfire fuelled by a forest, devastated by the pine beetle.
Have the Liberals put a plan in place to protect this park?”
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna replied:
“Mr. Speaker, our government is absolutely committed to the ecological integrity of our national parks. That is my first priority as a minister.
We are working very hard in all of our parks, including Jasper National Park. I look forward to talking to the member further about this and seeing how we can move forward.”
“Please be assured that I will be following up on this issue with the minister. There must be a plan to protect Jasper National Park, the community, residents and visitors, in the event of a possible wildfire fueled and intensified by trees killed by the Pine Beetle,” concluded MP Eglinski.