Tories Nix Inuit Insult

Two cabinet ministers have called for the ousting of the president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society over "offensive commentary" about the harvest by Inuit hunters of narwhals in Nunavut.

Published: Wednesday, 12/10/2008 12:00 am EST

Two cabinet ministers have called for the ousting of the president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society over "offensive commentary" about the harvest by Inuit hunters of narwhals in Nunavut. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq characterized comments made by Paul Watson, which equated the harvest with the killing of civilians during the Vietnam war, as "invective" against Inuit. "These deeply hurtful remarks reveal an extremism that is unacceptable in our society, and we call for an immediate apology and retraction of these comments," read a statement released Monday.

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