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Enough of the blame game

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A shoreline of Lake Winnipeg in a May 2012 file photograph.

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A shoreline of Lake Winnipeg in a May 2012 file photograph.

Your June 10 editorial NDP still dilly-dallies about lake suggests that somehow the province has "dilly-dallied" in its approach to the problem. But then it acknowledges that much of the nutrient-loading responsible for the decline of the health of Lake Winnipeg originates in other jurisdictions.

One need think only of the decades-long battle over the Devil's Lake diversion project in the U.S. to realize that multi-jurisdictional waterways are politically a nightmare to manage, and it is highly unfair to place the blame for this problem squarely on the shoulders of the provincial government.

One might question the federal government's decision to cut funding for freshwater lake research in relation to this problem, or ask where the federal leadership has been when it comes to issues of cross-border water quality. But such blame searching gets us nowhere.

There is no easy solution to this problem. Besides the obvious issue of having to negotiate a solution with external parties, there would also be the problem of having to satisfy the usual moaning and complaining that inevitably arises from right-wing interests whenever a government entity attempts to tackle an environmental problem.

The public has grown tired of the talk-radio style blame game and is ready for a politics of what we can do and achieve when we work together, as opposed to consistently attacking one another.

GAVIN WIENS

Baltimore

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 12, 2013 A8

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