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UNESCO bid a smokescreen

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The boreal forest east of Lake Winnipeg might one day be deemed a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Re: NDP's UNESCO folly, editorial, Jan. 16. There's a strong smell of manipulation emanating from the provincial government not meeting the Feb. 1 deadline for presentation of new information in support of the UNESCO nomination for the boreal forest east of Lake Winnipeg.

The government has been aware of the opportunity and the deadline since at least the beginning of May 2013 -- plenty of time in which to prepare a supplementary submission.

By dragging their feet, the provincial government ensures the final decision won't be made until 2016 -- after the next provincial election. That will conveniently eliminate the embarrassment of having to explain this wasteful $15-million expenditure.

This is quite apart from the additional $1 billion Manitoba Hydro rate-payers will have to absorb because of the NDP's routing of the Bipole III transmission line to the far west side of the province.

Manitobans should remember the folly of it all the next time they pay their Hydro bills -- and again in 2015 at election time.

DAVE ENNIS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2014 A16

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