Richard Bell
The Eastern Shore Cooperator
April 22, 2021

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Someone is paying for a phone poll of people on the Eastern Shore to see what they think about destroying Owls Head Provincial Park. You can listen to the poll on this link on Soundcloud.

This poll suggests that someone is getting really worried about the political impact of Premier Rankin’s decision as Minister of Lands and Forestry to secretly de-list Owls Head Provincial Park and sell it to American billionaire Beckwith Gilbert. Gilbert’s company, Lighthouse Links, plans to grind the park into sand in order to build luxury housing and a few golf courses.

Notice that the pollster refers twice to “Owls Head Provincial Park.” In the April 1 court hearing on the judicial review of the decision to sell the park, the Crown’s attorney argued that people had been mistaken for the past 40 years for thinking that “Owls Head Provincial Park” was actually a park. He claimed the province had never formally declared the area to be a park, a status that applies to more than 200 other provincial parks, reserves, and wilderness areas.

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