Members’ Statement, Moose TagsMay 31, 2017
The following is a Members’ Statement delivered by Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli:
“We have a great lifestyle in Northern Ontario.
Patty and I enjoyed touring the riding this weekend, as we do every weekend when I get home.
At breakfast on Saturday, a group of concerned citizens met with us at Echoes restaurant in Powassan.
Elle served us a beautiful breakfast, but the talk was quite serious.
This group was upset that none of them got a moose tag this year.
In fact, in the zone they live in, the tag allotment has been drastically reduced.
It was 106 in 2013, 6 last year, and only 1 this year.
This is their heritage. And it’s being lost.
I promised these good people that I would delve into this.
And it didn’t take long to realize what the issue was.
On my drive to Trout Creek, I came across a dead moose on the side of the road.
I photographed it and put it up on Facebook, asking about other such instances.
Minutes later the stories and photos flooded in.
A few kilometres up the road from that first moose, was another one, hit by a friend in his week-old Jeep.
If this government cares about people’s safety, and cares about our Northern heritage, they should allow the proper number of moose tags to be issued.”