BONOKOSKI: Boris Johnson and the ‘rewilding’ of the British beaver
Justin Trudeau’s “Build Back Better” post-COVID campaign slogan is the same being used today by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
At a recent party convention, oblivious to his political woes, Johnson tried to get cute with it.
“Build Back Beaver,’ he said.
The beaver never seems to go away.
It led me by happen chance to a young Hamilton Progressive Conservative MP named Sean O’Sullivan who introduced a successful private member’s bill naming the beaver Canada’s national animal.
So it quickly became a done deal, leaving me with the invective of those who believed the polar bear or moose would have been an extremely better choice than a large buck-tooth rodent.
Now the reason British PM Boris Johnson ended his annual convention speech with “Build Back Beaver” is the success of “rewilding” the beaver in Great Britain to what have been judged as prime beaver habitat — a valley, a large creek or substantial pond, and plenty of deciduous trees — and let them have another go at survival.
First there were rave reviews, and then the beavers started causing floods, and building dams in farmers’ fields.