- Rachel NotleyPremier
- Shannon PhillipsMinister of Parks and Recreation
- Brian MasonMinister of Transportation
- Marlin SchmidtMLA, Edmonton-Gold Bar
Keep Alberta's Promise to Build the Trans Canada Trail!
My wife, Elizabeth Sovis of Edmonton, Alberta, was a passionate supporter of the Trans Canada Trail – an 18,000 km greenway and a 5,000 km waterway that will link Canadians from West to East and from North to South –, and she resolved that, beginning on July 1, 2013, she would work for its completion, its safety and its accessibility.
However, on Saturday, July 14, 2012, she was struck and killed by a full-size van while on a cycling holiday on Prince Edward Island.
I have taken up her cause and to raise support I am cycling the Trans Canada Trail from Victoria, British Columbia, to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in five stages. I began my trip on July 1, 2013 and I will finish on July 14, 2017. Details are posted on my website: www.ridethetrail.ca
Please sign my petition calling on the Government of Alberta to publish an Action Plan that would ensure the completion of its section of the Trans Canada Trail by July 1, 2017, and that would give special priority to getting the Trail off dangerous roads and highways between Canmore and Calgary and Edmonton.
Cyclists attempting to follow this stretch are forced to travel on highways 1, 1A, 2A, 9, 19, 22, 27, 54, 567, 805 and 806.
Alberta, like all Canada’s provinces and territories, has promised to complete its section of the Trans Canada Trail by July 1, 2017, as a fitting centrepiece to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
It won’t get done – there are still 1,280 kilometres left to build in Alberta – unless the Alberta Government makes it a priority.
On behalf of my wife, Elizabeth Sovis, I sincerely thank you.
Edmund A. Aunger
- Minister of Parks and Recreation
- Minister of Transportation
- MLA, Edmonton-Gold Bar
Dear Premier Notley,
Please publish an Action Plan that will ensure the completion of Alberta’s section of the Trans Canada Trail by July 1, 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and that will give special priority to getting the Trail off roads and highways between Canmore and Calgary and Edmonton, including highways 1, 1A, 2A, 9, 19, 22, 27, 54, 567, 805 and 806.
On December 11, 1998, the Minister of Community Development announced that the completion of the Alberta leg of the Trans Canada Trail would be an Alberta Millennium Project.
On May 8, 2000, the Minister of Municipal Affairs declared that the Alberta government was committed to the Trans Canada Trail project stretching across Canada, joining three oceans and including Alberta.
On September 12, 2012, the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, reiterated the Alberta government’s commitment to completing the Trans Canada Trail by 2017, but also warned that under the upcoming Recreational Trails Act the “emphasis for the first few years will be on motorized recreation by off-highway vehicles as this is the greatest pressure on our trail system use.”
I would remind you that the government’s own studies show that Albertans are 9 to 2 in favour of completing the Trans Canada Trail, but 5 to 2 against building any more trails for ATVs.
Today, Alberta still has 1,280 kilometres of Trail left to build – but no Action Plan to get it done.
In requesting your action, I am inspired by the vision of Elizabeth Sovis, a resident of Edmonton, Alberta, who planned to champion the completion of the Trans Canada Trail. She was killed on July 14, 2012, while on a cycling holiday on Prince Edward Island, and only moments after leaving the Trail.
In building the Trail, you and your government will honour a long-standing commitment and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
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