For a reporter to accuse two federal ministers of collusion which would put a whale population at risk is pretty damn serious:
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, with advice from Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, is recommending that the Northern Pacific population of humpback whales be downgraded from “threatened” to “species of special concern.” The recommendation for the change to the Species at Risk Act was published in the Canada Gazette Saturday.
The move comes as the government readies for a decision on the approval of the pipeline, which would feed oil onto a tanker shipping route that overlaps with what environmental groups describe as “critical habitat” for the whale.
Karen Wristen, executive director of the Living Oceans Society, said the decision “has absolutely no basis in science and is simply a political move to clear the way to approve the pipeline. (see here)
CBC reporter Emily Chung as well as ministers Aglukkaq and Shea had all better hope the stats back up their claims.