Wildlife transfer unnecessary, says writer
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