Local environmentalist wants to avoid the “errors” of the original Columbia River Treaty

Editor’s Note:

Local environmentalist Francis Maltby wants the provincial government to avoid what he characterizes as “errors of the original Columbia River Treaty.”

In a letter to Premier Christy Clark, BC Hydro President Charles Reid, local MLA Norm Macdonald, and other political and economic leaders, Maltby implores the province to avoid the mistakes of the past. But he is not optimistic.

“Once again, and fifty years later, it appears to be the intention of the government and its agencies to ignore and dismiss the legitimate desires of those basin residents who have been most affected. What we ask is that you listen this time to our voices and our concerns; listen to what has and is again happening to us, listen to what we hope for in our homeplaces and in the New Columbia River Treaty. Do this in the name of “benefits to the province” so that history does not repeat itself.

His letter is dense an d long but makes for interesting reading. Please click here to read it in PDF format.