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Something’s Fishy At Calgary City Hall?

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So whats going on in the Calgary city hall these days? I heard through the grape-vine the environmental socialist have taken over. Yes that right. The city council, all but a few have decide to ban shark fin soup. No kidding, ban a bowl of soup. As if this is the most important thing they have to do. City Hall has decided that the shark population is in great decline the world over and they have to step up and save the shark. It all sound like a great idea at first glance until you learn that the great Canadian David Suzuki is in favor of the BC shark fishing industry on sustainable shark fishing. So why is the City council so head strong on COMPLETELY banning a legal BC INDUSTRY when the greatest Canadian environmentalist in Canada favors the industry? I guess the bottom line is what gives the Calgary City council the right to dictate what legal products we as Calgarians can eat? I agree that fishing sharks just for their fins is completely absurd, but in a controlled legal industry where the whole fish is used (as in BC) there is no reason for the city council to run rough shot over the public and dictate what they can or cannot eat. This is completely abusing and misusing their power as alderman. The way the council is thinking, they can virtually ban what ever they wish . This is pure rubbish. The voters didn’t vote them in for this abuse.

I’m also hearing through the grape-vine there is starting to be a huge backlash that could last right on into the next election if this is not resolved. Thousands of signature have already been gathered in just a few weeks on a petition to stop this foolishness of city council dictating what Calgarians can eat. The idea that city councilors can use their power to promote their pet environmental projects on the taxpayers back is stirring up a hornets nest that’s going to sting badly in the next election.

Getting back to the bowl of shark fin soup that the council wants to put a complete ban on, one has to wonder if they really did any research on the subject. You don’t have to go to far to find that the federal government has already banned shark fining (cutting the fin of the shark and throwing the rest away) back in the 1990’s. You also don’t have to google too much to find that Canada has a legal shark fishing industry that is regulated and fishing sustainable shark fish. The shark fins are part of the fish that is sold legally. So what reason would city council have to run down and ban a legal Canadian industry? The only reason I can think of is they just don’t know all the facts.

I’m all for protecting the environment and our wildlife, but what the Calgary city council is doing cannot be tolerated, that’s telling us what we can eat. As I mentioned before the voters of Calgary expect the alderman to work on matters that concern the city and spend our tax dollars wisely. They don’t expect them to put endless hour and tax dollars on their pet environmental projects. We have a federal government to look after the fishing industry. Enough of this socialist dogma.

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Written by Ken McGregor

October 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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