Concern over the WTO’s verdict as to the seal hunt and the embargo over seal products is in a word baffling .
Some points to consider.
When Steven Harper was negotiating a free trade deal with the EU the embargo was before the WTO but it was not mentioned when the PM was back in Canada saying what a great deal it was. Did the PM believe that Canada was a shoe in to win and so thought it was a non-issue, did the PM think it was better for him politically to tell the provinces they would be paying more for drugs then to tell the sealing community the embargo issue was not resolved.
Now that the WTO has made it clear the embargo is just except if the seal products are the result of a aboriginal or Inuit hunt or a cull to sustain fish stocks there seems to be an uproar. A member of parliament stood outside of the house and announced how this was going decimate the Inuit way of life. How could this be when the WTO said it is OK to have seal products produced from an Inuit hunt. On the same theme why isn’t our Minister of fisheries drafting up a quota on seals to sustain the fish stocks which would then make those seals legal to sell to the EU.
Heidi sees that the EU governments did an unusual thing compared to our government in that they listened to the voters and came up with a ban on seal products. Having said that regardless of the WTO decision there would still be a very small market for our seal products because a large number of people in the EU don’t want seal products.
Like every other product when one market dries up the manufacture must find another market. It is not the fault of the EU that their population is not in the market for seal products . It is our fault for not looking for a new market.
Heidi is sure there is a market out there some place as it is a big hungry world we live in , it is not like we are hunting down Koala bears and selling them as food and boots.
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