Wildlife trans­fer un­nec­es­sary, says writer

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

I am writ­ing this letter to protest the wast­ing of our tax dol­lars by this gov­ern­ment with the re­cent trans­fer of wildlife from the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources to the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. This move is to­tally un­nec­es­sary and a waste of money.

I want to give you a lit­tle per­spec­tive about what is hap­pen­ing with this move. You all know that there was a move­ment of a num­ber of of­fi­cers from Nat­u­ral Re­sources to Jus­tice. How­ever. Jus­tice also re­quested a large amount of equip­ment from Nat­u­ral Re­sources such as ve­hi­cles, ATV’s, boats, trail­ers, cab­ins, fridges, of­fice equip­ment, gen­er­a­tors, snow­mo­biles, chain­saws, and more.

Also Jus­tice now has to du­pli­cate the same struc­ture that Nat­u­ral Re­sources al­ready has with re­gards to head­quar­ters of­fice, re­gional of­fices, district and satel­lite of­fices and main­tain them on a yearly basi s. Also, re­mem­ber Nat­u­ral Re­sources still has pro­grams to run so they have to re­place the equip­ment taken by Jus­tice, equip­ment that had been avail­able for all pro­grams, in­clud­ing wildlife, but now be­longs with an­other depart­ment.

In a re­cent news­pa­per ar­ti­cle, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Felix Collins said it was a “nat­u­ral fit” for the trans­fer of wildlife to Jus­tice. In what cir­cum­stances are his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers, cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers, sher­iffs and RNC of­fi­cers go­ing to come in con­tact with the vi­o­la­tors of our nat­u­ral re­sources such as fish and wildlife? The con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cers at Nat­u­ral Re­sources on the other hand wi l l en­counter them al­most on a daily ba­sis. So where do you think the “ nat­u­ral fit” should be.

An­other is­sue in this fi­asco trans­fer is that they didn’t trans­fer any of the fe­male of­fi­cers. What hap­pened to gen­der equity? They were good enough for the en­force­ment work while with Nat­u­ral Re­sources, but I guess weren’t good enough for Jus­tice. You be the judge of that.

This starts to give you a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the mil­lions of dol­lars that are be­ing spent on this trans­fer, and for what rea­son? Hope­fully some­one has an an­swer. Pos­si­bly to stroke some­one’s ego and thirst for power. Pos­si­bly. You will have to make that de­ci­sion. I cer­tainly think so.

If you dis­agree with this un­nec­es­sary spend­ing of your tax dol­lars, then please send an e-mail to your mem­ber and our premier to scrap this trans­fer and put wildlife back with Nat­u­ral Re­sources, in­clud­ing the in­land fish pro­gram.

Also, please give them your sug­ges­tions of where these mil­lions of dol­lars can be bet­ter spent to ben­e­fit the peo­ple of the prov­ince. Delores Kennedy

Port Saun­ders

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