Canadian Senator Calls for National Seal Products and Seafood Day
I am of two minds. As a conservationist and environmentalist, I recognize that the seafood industry has been one of the most ecologically destructive of human activities; and, as an animal protectionist, I have long worked to help end the massive commercial East coast seal hunt, and more recently to prevent the culling of gray seals (to placate those who ignore science in favor of placating East coast fishermen). Thus, when I heard that Canadian Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette wants May 20 be declared "National Seal Products and Seafood Day," I supposed that I should oppose the idea.
But, I think I'll pass, looking at the bigger picture. Canadian senators are nothing like American senators. They are not elected. They don't have to be particularly bright. They really are a hangover from the British class system whose duty is to make sure that the hoi polloi, as represented by elected members of parliament, don't get too carried away with passing legislation. Canadian-type senators are supposed to give serious second thought to legislation passed by parliament, to perhaps make amendments before it becomes law. They make themselves busy and, no doubt, some are sincere, dedicated, and even useful. But, for the most part, they are, shall we say, detached from the real world, both within Canada and without. Canadians mostly wanted the Senate reformed or abolished. Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to do that, but it was one of his many lies-and he instead stacked it with what he hoped were high-profile Conservative supporters, some of whom are now embroiled in scandals.