Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:55

A former Alberta Environment Minister tries to reel in opponents over the coal industry

Written by Michael Short
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Robin Campbell served two terms as an MLA and Cabinet Minister in Alberta. Following the last election, he found himself back on the water doing what he loves to do . . . fish. Robin has been a guide in the Jasper area for over 30 years and takes great pride in showcasing what Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park can produce when it comes to rainbow and brook trout.

He has also taken up a cause: coal.

With everything we have heard about coal you would think that Campbell, a former Environment Minister, would be the last person to waive the coal industry banner. Yet this is exactly what he has done. He is now the president of the Coal Association of Canada, and is making the case for why coal production needs to remain as an integral part of Canada’s energy policy.

Video Interview with Robin Campbell

Last summer the Alberta government established the Climate Leadership Panel to take a look at our province’s environmental footprint. These reports outline what recommendations the current government should take when it comes to reducing our carbon output.

And you can also get additional facts about this issue at the Coal Association of Canada

About the Fishing

Maligne Lake is a destination many a fly angler wants to visit. The scenery alone is enough to make the trip worthwhile. The rainbow and brook fishery is arguably the best in the province, with an average size of 2 to 2.5 pounds, and some of the larger stock topping out at close to 5 pounds.

Here then is a short vignette of some of the fish we landed and released during our time on this remarkable lake in Jasper National Park.

Maligne Lake Fishing

A large rainbow trout puts up a good fight at Maligne Lake

Of course this a lake you can fish on your own, but I would strongly recommend spending a day with a guide. It’s a big body of water and unless you have spent time out on this water, finding where the fish are located can be a challenge. Check out On-line Sport & Tackle to handle all the details.

A big thank you to Bobby Jones of Corner 24 for filming this feature

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