U.S. chefs’ boycott of Canadian seafood targets wrong group over annual hunt
Here is a suggestion for Canadians, either at home or those millions who visit the U.S. each year. Get a list of the restaurants, chefs or businesses that are supporting a boycott of Canadian seafood, a campaign organized by the Humane Society of the United States to end the seal hunt in Atlantic Canada. Then check that list and boycott those firms and people who have ill advisedly agreed to support the society’s campaign.
The stupidity of the boycott is mind-boggling. It’s like the Humane Society urging chefs, restaurants and businesses to stop importing P.E.I. spuds because some ducks died in a sludge pond near the Alberta oil sands. Where is the connection?
The boycott against Canadian seafood impacts struggling fishermen, most of whom have nothing to do with the seal hunt, although both species are competing for the same fish. There is a major difference between sealers and fishermen, a fact which has conveniently escaped the attention of the society. However both sealers and fishermen agree there is a need to annually cull the massive herds of seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and adjacent waters. How many fishermen on P.E.I. take part in the seal hunt . . . none, two, a handful?
Chef Michael Smith was correct when he used the term 'hypocrites' this week. He is outraged by the boycott, especially the support given by fellow chefs in the U.S. Most of his anger is directed at Curtis Stone, one of the celebrity chefs brought in for the P.E.I. International Shellfish Festival in 2011. Smith called Stone "wildly misinformed" and said it was shameful for him to take money for his appearance, look fishermen in the eyes and then boycott them.
Where is the U.S. boycott against Japan for its relentless killing of endangered whales? Or the society’s outrage over how millions of cattle, poultry and hogs are crammed into pens in the U.S. before being butchered. Canada is a traditional easy target and showing old footage of the seal hunt is always a quick way to raise money for the society.
Here’s another idea. Let’s allow Canadian sealers to live trap the adult animals, and have the Humane Society in the U.S. pay an agreed price per seal to ship them to U.S. waters where they can eat all the seafood they want and live happily ever after.
‘Independent Senate’ draws laughter
It was comedic when Prime Minister Harper rose during Commons Question Period this week and defended the actions being taken against three former Conservative senators by an “independent Senate.” The hoots of derision and peals of laughter from the NDP, Liberal and Green benches were deafening.
The PM is asking Canadians to believe the idea for the motions to suspend the three senators came from within the Upper Chamber. A Canadian Press story published in this paper Friday, Oct. 18, said “The Harper government moved Thursday to cauterize the open wound that is the Senate expenses scandal, coming down hard on three free-spending senators . . . The Conservatives announced motions to suspend Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau . . .”
It seems obvious the agenda and actions of the government house leader in the Senate and Conservative senators are controlled directly by the prime minister and the PMO.
Does any rational Canadian believe that Government Senate Leader Claude Carignan set out alone on this folly? Or that it was Mr. Carignan’s idea to take disciplinary action against the three senators for their "gross negligence."
It was distasteful to see our PM lash out this week at that two people he says have caused all the problems regarding the Mike Duffy issue. His says that his former chief of staff Nigel Wright and Sen. Duffy are solely to blame as he threw them both under the bus.
Mr. Harper has suddenly forgotten that in our parliamentary system, the minister takes responsibility for mistakes in his department. In this case, the PM should accept most of the blame since the serious allegations of cover-ups, lies and threats all came out of the PMO.