To celebrate the end of 2016 we are rounding up some of this year’s biggest stories in fishing in Canada. Take a look, and let us know what we missed in the comments!
- Bill C-246
Undoubtedly our top story of 2016 would be Bill C-246. Bill C-246, or the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, was a Private Members Bill introduced by Liberal MP Nathanial Erskine-Smith. While the bill was posed as an attempt to update our animal rights laws, it did not make explicit exceptions for anglers and hunters. This meant that if passed it could have made fishing and hunting illegal.
On March 7, 2016, we posted our article “GO FISHING, GO TO JAIL – There’s something’s fishy about Bill C-246”. We received nearly 100,000 hits on this post, as well as hundreds of shares, comments, emails, phone calls, and more from anglers concerned about their right to fish being threatened. Together, we rallied to contact MPs across the country to express our concerns that Bill C-246 would make our treasured pastime illegal.
After dedicated pushback from thousands of members of the Canadian outdoors community, the bill was defeated in second reading by a vote of 198 to 84. This was a huge victory for Canada’s outdoors community, and shows the power our nation’s anglers and hunters can have when we stand together.