"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Is that backuppable?

Our Dear Deputy Premier made an interesting comment Monday:

For years, our fishery has been traded away to foreign interests, and now is the time to say enough is enough.
Enough is enough! Absolutely! Down wit' da causeway!

But — enough what is enough what?

What are we enough-is-enoughing for?

The Minister of Overseas Fisheries Junkets and Fisheries Junket Accessories states that "our fishery has been traded away to foreign interests".

A bare, bland, statement, with the customary passive verb.

It's good enough for Agnes. It's good enough for Gus. It's good enough for a lot of people, and it should be good enough for the impertinent.

Someone said something on VOCM or the Fisheries Broadcats once, and so, by golly, it must be true!

But the impertinent will ask anyway:

Traded away to WHICH foreign interests?

Traded WHICH fishery?

WHAT was the other half of the trade; in other words, WHAT did Canada get out of it?

WHEN did this happen?

WHO is the actor of that passive verb? "Traded away" by WHOM?

Surely, having definitively made the statement, "our fishery has been traded away to foreign interests", the good Minister can upback his assertion?

Anyone interested in more details of Minister Rideout's startling, and very definitive, assertion, is encouraged to contact:

Lori Lee Oates
Director of Communications
Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
709-729-3733, 690-8403


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