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Letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

31 July 2021 at 10h35


Dear Minister,

The growing threat to the future of our seal hunters originates with powerful lobby groups that claim they want to protect seals but actually want to impose vegetarianism on the entire society.

The European Union’s decision of Monday, July 27, to boycott seal products is so cynical that it ignores all scientific arguments, proposes not a single measure in favour of animal welfare and violates international free trade rules.

I therefore unreservedly support your initiative of appealing the EU decision to the World Trade Organization.  However, I believe that more needs to be done.

Recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved $3 billion worth of assistance for General Motors and $1 billion for Chrysler.  Seal hunters have just as much right to government protection of their jobs as automobile workers do.

I therefore urge you to approach the Prime Minister about swift financial compensation for our seal hunters, threatened as they are by ideologues and a European decision that is highly questionable both legally and morally.

This financial compensation for loss of income should continue until the WTO hands down its final decision and/or the dispute with the EU has been settled.

In 2006, the seal hunt generated over $55 million for the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador and $1 million for the Aboriginal populations of Nunavut.  The hunt provides jobs for more than 6,000 seasonal workers in the province of Newfoundland alone.

These economic spinoffs will increase once the threat from the vegetarian lobby groups disappears, since companies will then be able to invest without fear of harassment in research and development of seal-derived products (collagen, omega-3, heart valves, and so on).  This will maximize the use made of each animal harvested, which is the sign of a steadily “greener” hunt.

To ensure the long-term survival of the hunt, I am convinced that an international consensus on seal hunting practices must be reached.  That is why last April I released the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals (  Ultimately the Declaration will have to be tabled to the United Nations.

I appeal to you to consider supporting this approach, as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has already done, so that Canada can assume world leadership in the protection of communities that live from the seal hunt, guarantee the promotion of hunting practices that respect animal welfare and the environment, and adopt the means needed to combat lobby groups that are as dangerous as they are powerful.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Céline Hervieux-Payette, PC


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Immediate financial compensation for the sealing industry

28 July 2021 at 10h26


OTTAWA, July 28, 2021 - In response to the European Union’s unacceptable decision to boycott seal products, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette demands immediate financial compensation for the sealing industry until such time as the WTO hands down its decision.


I will be writing this week to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to say that I am 100% behind the appeal to the WTO but that by itself it’s nowhere near enough. The Harper government has given GM and the automobile industry’s wage earners billions in assistance; I can’t believe that we will let the Canadians on the East Coast go under for much less than that. - Senator Hervieux-Payette.


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Visa requirement on Mexican visitors: an intolerable administrative wall

21 July 2021 at 11h10

International relations


Ottawa, July 21, 2021 - In a letter in Spanish to the people of Mexico, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette has apologized for the decision by Canada’s minority Reform-Conservative government to impose a visa requirement on Mexican visitors.

“On behalf of the Canadians who do not support their government’s extreme-right policies (including a majority of the members of the Parliament of Canada), I want to say how deeply I regret this decision and to apologize for it” Senator Hervieux-Payette writes. She is also the former president and founding member of the Interparliamentary Forum of the Americas.

“A visa requirement is entirely unacceptable.  It erects an intolerable administrative wall between our two countries.”

The Senator, who is also a founding member and former president of the Interparliamentary Forum of the Americas, deplores the effect of the Conservative government’s ideology on Canada’s reputation abroad:

“In the name of its extreme-right ideology, its partisan, campaign-style decisions and demagoguery have rapidly spilled over our borders, tarnishing our country’s image more and more every year,” her letter continues.

Before concluding with an assurance to Mexicans that they are always welcome in Canada, Senator Hervieux-Payette says she is confident that the situation is merely “a blip in our bilateral relations.


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Nicolas G. Hayek, founder of Swatch, condemns the dominance of the “acrobats and jugglers in the financial circus”.

15 July 2021 at 14h06

“Final example:  the guy who proposed that I buy into a company that was very expensive and active mainly in textiles, while I’m a watchmaker.  “That doesn’t matter,” he told me, “we’ll start some rumours in the market that will make the share value fall, and as for the textiles, we’ll look after that part.”  All this illustrates the really deplorable mindset of some market professionals.  And the worst thing is, thinking that a publically-traded company should be managed with this mindset”. - Nicolas G. Hayek.

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Recommendations to improve Canada’s debit and credit card payment systems

3 July 2021 at 09h25

Credit cards


OTTAWA - The report tabled by the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce offers concrete recommendations to improve Canada’s debit and credit card payment systems on behalf of both businesses and consumers, including a call for the creation of an oversight board to improve transparency and fairness in the system, said Liberal Senators Pierrette Ringuette and Céline Hervieux-Payette.


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