OTTAWA, ON - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Regional Minister for the North and MP for Nunavut, today issued the following statement:
I am appalled by the Liberals' continued push to undermine Canada's support for the seal hunt and Northerners.
While our government stands up for sealers in the face of the misinformation being spread by animal rights extremists around the globe, Senator Mac Harb has re-introduced his bill to put an end to Canada's seal hunt.
While Bob Rae tries to convince us that he's concerned about food security for aboriginal people and Northerners, one of his own caucus is putting forward a bill to end this traditional practice. Rae should show some leadership, and ask Harb to withdraw this Bill.
Claims by animal rights organizations and their spokespeople like Mac Harb that shutting down the seal hunt won't affect Northerners are complete fiction.
Harb's bill shows just how out of touch the Liberals are with the North.
As the Regional Minister for the North and MP for Nunavut, I will continue to be a vocal advocate for the seal hunt. It's too important to our communities, and to our way of life, to let it fall victim to an international smear campaign.