“Today’s announcement that the BC Liberal Government will approve the development of the Jumbo Glacier Resort is a slap in the face to the people of this region who have opposed it for decades,” says Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall.
“I am incredibly disappointed that the Liberals have chosen to ignore decades of widespread opposition to this proposal. From the Ktunaxa Nation to NHL legend Scott Niedermayer, local businesses and environmental groups, countless people have voiced their support for a Jumbo Wild, not a resort. To finally come down on the wrong side of the region is unacceptable,” says Mungall.
The proposed resort located 55km outside of Invermere borders Mungall’s constituency of Nelson-Creston, and will impact local ski operators as well as efforts to protect grizzly bear habitat. “I have heard from countless residents and local small businesses,” notes Mungall. “They have developed an excellent tourism industry that just doesn’t fit with a Jumbo Resort. They know it won’t be good for them and it won’t be good for the grizzly bears.”
Additionally, it has become known that the proponent does not have a financial backer for the resort. Without regional support or money, it is questionable as to why the Liberals are now forcing it through.
Today’s announcement comes after twenty years of regional opposition to the proposed resort. Adrian Dix and the BCNDP remain opposed to the resort and will continue to represent Kootenay residents’ voice on this issue.