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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hats off to GG Michaëlle Jean

Today, I doff my hat to our governor general Michaëlle Jean who showed her support for the Inuit community in Nunavut by her ­symbolic defiance of an upcoming European Union ban  on our seal products. “It’s like sushi,” she said, after tasting raw seal meat at a meeting of hundreds of Inuit at a community festival in Rankin Inlet in Nunavut on Monday.

Earlier this month, the EU Parliament voted to endorse a ban on seal products in protest against commercial hunting practices. When she was asked if  she meant to send a message to the EU, Ms Jean replied: “Take from that what you will.”

Well said, GG!

© 2009 Russell G. Campbell

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  1. I liked her before and I like her even more now.
    NeilD

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  2. I have had the privilege to watch the whole video and must say this is one wonderful Governor General. She was on her knees watching the seal skinning and gutting from a very close vantage point. She was definitely in touch with an authentic hunter/gatherer culture. Did you see the little girl at her elbow, she was as close to the GG as possible and the child licked her fingers after eating her little piece of seal and history. Well done Your Excellency, you are a treasure. Cheers Fern StAlbert

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  3. The comments from PETA, it shills, and the Euro-weenies are starting to get tiresome.

    Lets go to a bullfight and protest.

    PETA's latest campaign, Ban Maple Syrup, my gowd, LOL, what a bunch of wankers.

    our GG is the catch of the day, I'm proud of her

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  4. I assume that those protesters and their supporters are all running around without shoes, belts, jackets, handbags, and will not touch another meal that includes anything with a animal in it, including eggs, cheese, milk because we had to remove these from said animal at some point. What a bunch of hypocrites. I say Good For You GG you did Canada proud.

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  5. I did not like her previously, but this was a very gracious and fully enthusiastic act in support of Inuit customs (they were honouring her) and their present day livelihood.

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