Obama was just sworn in as 44th President of the United States of America. His platform – Yes, We Can – has inspired Americans. I look forward to seeing this inspiration translate into action.
Will 2009 be a year of change in British Columbia, as well? Premier Gordon Campbell will be looking for his third mandate this spring, but will we see change? Mark Hume of globeandmail.com wrote on December 26, 2008 that it’s shaping up to look that way, as a large number of groups are focusing on the collapse of salmon stocks on the West Coast as the most important environmental issue of the year.
With killer whale populations dropping in the Strait of Georgia, in a large part because of a lack of salmon to feed on, with grizzly bears starving because salmon spawning runs have failed to materialize, and with sports, commercial and native fisheries largely closed coast-wide, there can be little doubt that B.C. is experiencing an environmental crisis.
Salmon are a federal issue and as such have not played a key role in provincial elections before.
But that will change this spring when Premier Gordon Campbell goes looking for his third mandate.
The salmon crisis will come to rest at Mr. Campbell’s feet because of the way his government has embraced salmon farming, promoting an industry that scientific research is increasingly blaming for damaging wild stocks by causing sea lice epidemics.