Kent says he did make a decision on protecting endangered sage grouse


OTTAWA – Former environment minister Peter Kent is setting the record straight on an issue that pecked away at him while he was in the portfolio.

Kent was pursued in Federal Court by environmental critics hoping to force him to reveal whether he was taking steps to protect the endangered sage grouse.

Now a backbench MP, Kent says that he did make a decision last spring on what to do about the sage grouse.

However, he won’t say what he recommended to cabinet, or what cabinet ultimately decided, citing confidentiality.

But Kent says it took some time for his department to develop a strategy after getting direction from cabinet.

Earlier this week, current minister Leona Aglukkaq issued an emergency protection order for the sage grouse, whose population has declined to less than 150 birds in Alberta and Saskatchewan.


Kent says he did make a decision on protecting endangered sage grouse

  1. Less than 150 birds. That’s a tragedy. Why don’t we appreciate our wild heritage and actually preserve habitat instead of letting things get so dire? I’m glad there are at least a few people demanding action on this. It seems there are very few conservationists left. They’re all “environmentalists” now. Everyone worries about “global” issues without concern for what is happening to the wildlife in their own backyard. Environutters would rather stomp their angry little feet over what is or isn’t being done in Durban or Copenhagen or wherever the latest climate shindig is being held than show the slightest bit of concern for an endangered species in their own country.

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