Saturday, May 19, 2012

Word to the CPC Minister of Fisheries and Oceans;

Hello, Right Honourable Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
I am writing you today to voice my continuing displeasure at this country's determination to continue the barbaric and economically pointless annual seal hunt in Newfoundland and Labrador. The majority of Canadians oppose this practice, as well as the rest of the world. The EU has banned it, the US banned imports years ago, even Russia, the champion of human and animal rights, has now declared their opposition.
Oh well, I guess there is still China. Canada is happy to facilitate the needs of China in any way, even at the expense of Canadians, the environment and animals. That's the CPC way, though, isn't it? One of the ministers, just the other day, claimed that , "this country has been run by progressives for long enough". What a statement! Like being progressive has hurt Canada in some way and now that the (regressive) CPC has a majority, Canada will slide backward into the ways of the past. 
The quota was set this year at just under 400,000 seals. Where will all these seal pelts be going? Surely, it will be difficult to move these pelts, now that nobody wants them.
I find it ridiculous that your government touts free market economics and then heavily subsidises failing industries, using tax dollars. Should the laws of supply and demand not dictate this market? If they did, this archaic industry would be long gone. But, would also be long gone, your government fears, is those few seats you garnered by propping up a few communities of fishermen and their families.
It would be a lot cheaper, in the long run, to just buy out those licenses. Just think, there were probably once people in Newfoundland and Labrador that were employed by a telegraph service but times changed and those same people eventually got jobs with the telecom companies, or maybe they became broadcasters. 
There was a time when the end of the slave trade in the US was being protested vehemently by the landowners because they said America would be bankrupt without all the subsidies of free labour to prop it up. You see where I am going with this. If you absorb the loss of 'revenue' from the end of the seal hunt, you will be hailed as heroes.
I know, the Federal Government has never been too popular in Newfoundland and Labrador. They never have, Liberal or otherwise. The Feds can never seem to do right by Newfoundlanders. So why do you care? The Liberals were blamed for the collapse of the cod fishery, even though if they had placed limitations on quotas, they would have been hated for that too.
The fact is, people who rely on resources tend to blame governments for all that goes wrong. I once was a commercial fisherman for many years and I can tell you, they are an ignorant bunch, willing to take up arms against anything new that they may not fully understand. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. But that is what they are: exceptions. This group will find something else to cut down or kill if the seal hunt is discontinued. In the meantime, your government will look like heroes, the seals will be seals and the small group of fishermen can re-train under a government sponsored program. It is the same program I trained under many years ago, when I made my shift from a resource based industry, where I was a repetitive EI user and a constant liability in the workforce. 
Think about it.
Tony Durke.

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