You can be certain when the government makes a decision on the Peel they will invoke “balance” as a justification for opening a larger section to mining than is recommended in the land use plan.
Something for conservation, something for development, they’ll say.
Each new government, pressured by the resource-extraction corporations who are its financial benefactors, gives away another slice of the wilderness pie in the name of balance.
Eventually there’s not enough left to matter.
A prime wilderness area is non-renewable. There’s only so much of it. You can’t create it or restore it; you can only destroy it.
The “balance” rationale ensures the eventual elimination of wilderness. It isn’t something that is fair to all parties; it is incremental destruction of a national treasure.
The Peel Watershed Land Use Plan already yields 20 per cent of the irreplaceable Peel wilderness to mining.
Enough with the “balance” argument.
Stop it there.