On Monday, Yukon’s Member of Parliament, the Honourable Larry Bagnell travelled to Washington as part of an ongoing effort, organized by the Canadian Embassy, to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Porcupine Caribou Herd.
“I had a very productive day, giving panel presentations at meetings in a congressional meeting room and the amphitheatre in the Canadian Embassy,” said MP Bagnell. “It was great to be alongside the Gwitchin of Yukon and Northwest Territories, who spoke passionately, as well as the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Government of Yukon as we presented our united position.”
Legislation permitting drilling in ANWR, the caving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd, is pending in Washington. The most recent vote, related to this budget routing of the provision, passed 51-49 in the United States Senate.
“Canada’s Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton, and the Embassy staff have being fighting this battle for three decades,” said MP Bagnell. “But the risk now is higher than it’s ever been.”
Recently, Canadian Parks and Wildlife Society (CPAWS) Yukon published an online petition, which in less than two weeks it has secured over 6,000 signatures.
“The protection of the Porcupine Caribou Herd is an issue that is very important to many Yukoners and Canadians,” said MP Bagnell. “Thank you to the Ministers of Environment, Global Affairs, Crown-Indigenous Relations and the succession of Prime Ministers who have stood up for the Gwitchin people, and to save the Caribou that are their lives, their heart, their soul.”
- Video of Members Statement on ANWR in the House of Commons: https://www.facebook.com/LarryBagnellYT/videos/10155778888546838/
Office of Larry Bagnell, MP Yukon