Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says ``bullying'' and ``abuse'' made it impossible to guarantee people's safety at public meetings on proposed new parks, so the meetings on the future of Bighorn Country are cancelled. Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon says there needs to be a proper process when land use decisions of this magnitude are being made. Nixon says, under no uncertain terms, the UCP condemn any intimidation or bullying. Nixon says he has also talked to local RCMP officers and they have indicated they are unaware of any criminal harassment or threats.
United Conservative Party MLA Jason Nixon says cowardly social media trolls say things online they would never say in person, which he says supports the case for in-person community consultation to continue on a series of new parks.
Nixon, who is the MLA of Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. was reacting to an announcement by Environment Minister Shannon Phillips that in-person consultations on the proposed Bighorn Country parks would stop due to alleged bullying.
He adds in-person consultations are necessary and says the people he saw at public events were ``completely civil.''
Nixon says this is a major decision that's being made about the west country - west of Rocky Mountain House, Sundre, and Drayton Valley.
The New Democrats in November announced eight new parks covering four-thousand square kilometres along the eastern edges of Banff and Jasper national parks.
Phillips says telephone town halls to gain feedback on the proposal will go ahead instead.
(Contains content from the Canadian Press)