EDMONTON — A report by the Parkland Institute suggests Alberta shouldn’t consider expanding water markets.
The public policy researcher says doing so would harm the environment, restrict the public’s access to water and disadvantage First Nations communities.
The report says Alberta’s existing water framework is already flawed and it doesn’t make sense to look at the resource only with an economic eye.
Jeremy Schmidt, the report’s author, suggests the province needs a more flexible plan that can respond to future uncertainties.
He says the one-size-fits-all market approach the government is considering doesn’t fit the bill.