Ottawa’s fish tale: the federal Liberals have brilliantly stage-managaed the crisis over turbot

Canadian Fisheries Minister Brian Tobin managed to win important concessions from Spain in the turbot fisheries dispute, and deflect attention from Canada’s other problems, such as the budget deficit. An opinion poll shows 89% approve of Tobin’s actions. In the land of the blind, we know, the one-eyed man is king. And in an ocean […]

Conflicting emotions

Newfoundland celebrated its legal victory in defending its rights to the fisheries of Grand Banks against Spanish fishing boats. But Newfoundlanders worry about its dangerously depleted fish stocks that were once plentiful. The poor fish just did not stand a chance. No sooner had the stevedore working in the hull of the seized Spanish fishing […]