The Norwegian government is considering ending the subsidies that keep their commercial seal hunt alive. Canada should do the same.
The commercial seal hunt was once an important part of the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador. But now that blubber is no longer a commodity, and with no markets for seal pelts, the industry is dying.
But rather than determine a plan to help sealers transition out of this failing industry, governments in Ottawa and St. John's have thrown away over $50 million in tax dollars since 1996 in subsidies and trade junkets. These efforts have failed.
The economic outlook of Newfoundland and Labrador has never been better - so instead of encouraging a risky, dangerous, and dying industry, why not support sealers and their communities with financial investments that make sense in a modern and thriving Newfoundland.
Please urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Minister of State Rob Moore, and Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Darin King to come up with a real plan to help sealers transition out of this industry and share in Newfoundland's bright future.
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