Harper pisses off salmon

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Harper pisses off salmon

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[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/salmon-photo-conservatives-harper-atlant... draw laughs after misidentifying Atlantic salmon as Pacific[/url]

The Conservatives misidentified an Atlantic salmon, left, as a Pacific salmon in a recent online ad. They quickly took the photo down and replaced it with the correct fish. (Conservative Party/Twitter)

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The best part of this story is the announcement came in Campbell River which is internationally famous for its salmon fishing. The city calls itself the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Tyee Club is one of its historic cultural associations.

When you travel in a bubble even the obvious can escape your attention. This is major cultural gaff that will piss off old Reform Party types. In this end of Vancouver Island the salmon mistake is way more damaging than the Boy Scout stupidity. The number of times I have seen the Atlantic salmon reposted on Facebook is astounding.

I suspect that the Tyee is not a must read for Harper's Ottawa crowd or maybe they just don't have a clue what a Tyee is.

Quote:

Two of the aims of the club were to increase interest in game fishing of the Tyee and to emphasize the principles of sportsmanship. The club accomplished both of these aims. Today, Tyee fishing and the Tyee Club are world renown. People from all over the world come to Campbell River in August to try to catch one of the great Tyees, or earn a place in the Tyee Club hall of fame. Moreover, the club, with its strict rules on how the Tyee is caught, has made catching one an art and a challenge. It is not the number of fish you catch but rather the size and the fight that count. Because it is not easy to catch a Tyee according to club rules, the number of Tyee caught each year is less than the number of salmon caught by other means.

http://bcheritage.ca/pacificfisheries/techno/tyee.html

6079_Smith_W

I bet it was one of those evil escaped farmed atlantic salmon, and Harper innocently took the picture not knowing that.

Not only are they responsible for destruction of the west coast wild fish stocks, they are the worst of our neoliberal capitalist nightmare. Harper should be ashamed of himself for associating his party with such a creature.

Why are we even talking about this?

(seriously... keep it coming. I don't know if it will do any good if a million people show up on the day to find they cannot vote. But every fuckup like this helps)

 

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:

Why are we even talking about this?

If you didn't talk about it I wouldn't mind at all. I'd try to respond to your post but frankly I can't tell where your sarcasm stops and your veiled personal insults take over. I know your response which will be, "I don't have a clue what you mean."  Oh well others will.

I'm talking about it because it is an important part of the culture of the region I live in. But given you claim to live in Manitoba and think the Riders play in Edmonton I would not expect you to have clue about our culture on the Salish Sea or the real issues around farmed salmon.

6079_Smith_W

If you want to know where the sarcasm stops, look for what I say after the word "seriously".

Misfit Misfit's picture

The Riders? And Edmonton? Now that is fishy!

6079_Smith_W

Misfit wrote:
The Riders? And Edmonton? Now that is fishy!

Yeah, tell me about it.

 

Sean in Ottawa

Hopefully the Conservatives MPs will get defeated roe by roe

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Sean in Ottawa wrote:

Hopefully the Conservatives MPs will get defeated roe by roe

... that mark our plaice.

[Oh sorry, that was a stretch.]

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I think we should retire the Conservative spawn to a kelp bed. My apologies to the Komochi konbu fishery.

lagatta

You learn something every day. Yes, I knew a Tyee was a salmon, but not the details. What magnificent beasts!

Yes, that will piss off Reform types. Though Bill Vander Zalm was a "transplanted Atlantic Salmon", after all...

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

As someone who cared for little else but fishing (ok, and comic books) when he was a kid, that's pretty cool info.  No clutch on your reel?  20lb test for a 30lb+ fish?  Lures, not bait?  Add one more thing to my bucket list.

lagatta

kropotkin, sorry, your link doesn't work.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Here is one of my favourite all time songs. It was written by Holly's Dad and he was a fisherman from Port Hardy. That is in the riding where the Conservatives made the announcement with the Atlantic Salmon photo. To me this is Salish Sea culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXlKtRMjz-k

Thx Lagatta. I corrected the operator error.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Here is one of my favourite all time songs. It was written by Holly's Dad and he was a fisherman from Port Hardy. That is in the riding where the Conservatives made the announcement with the Atlantic Salmon photo. To me this is Salish Sea culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXlKtRMjz-k