Needless to say, reaction has been swift and fairly negative. Even the generally conservative Globe and Mail issued a less-than-supportive editorial (and if you're a pro-business government and you've lost the support of the Globe, that's saying smething). One environmentalist echoed many of the sentiments of his peers (as related by the Vancouver Sun):
“There are outstanding questions about the scientific reliability and sufficiency of the information (the committee) used to make the determination to down-list humpback whales,” said Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation.Check out the graphic below from the Globe and Mail, and tell me it's not about oil profits over everything else as you consider the closing words of the Globe's editorial:
“The proposed change in status for humpback whales would place them in jeopardy, particularly given the impending threats” posed by Northern Gateway and the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to Burnaby, would increase the number of arriving tankers from eight to 28 per month.
When it comes to weighing the environmental impact of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the government should err on the side of caution. In the case of the humpback whale, it is not even coming close to giving the impression of doing so.