March 27, 2006
His Excellency Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa K1A 0A2
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
First, welcome to office. I know you have countless issues to deal with—among them the global uproar over the seal hunt. As you may know, I am a long-time animal advocate and am leading a PETA petition drive against the hunt.
I’m writing you today not so much about the horrific cruelty involved in the hunt, but about the impact of the government’s indifference to such violence on Canada’s image around the world. As a proud Canadian who frequently travels abroad, I am alarmed that people are starting to see Canada as a country more beholden to a pack of greedy hunters and to the seal-skin “fashion” whims of a few countries than to the massive international outcry against such a barbaric activity. One of the biggest problems facing the U.S. government is appearing arrogant and oblivious to world opinion; I’d hate to see that happen north of the border too.
I’ll be in Halifax this weekend hosting the Juno Awards. On Monday, I’d love to come to Ottawa to meet with you personally about these concerns as well as to deliver the thousands of petitions I’ve collected. I look forward to your response.