By Brian Glennon [Letter\
It is with sadness that I must cancel my membership in the BC Liberal Party.
I have supported the party since its inception, many times with difficulty, but I believed our focus on a strong healthy economy that benefited all British Columbians would ultimately lead to a better place to live for all.
The recent decision by our government to consider expanding the grizzly bear hunt speaks to a problematic and arrogant attitude toward wildlife within the Liberal Party. Most British Columbians seem to understand that hunting per se it not a bad thing, as long as the meat and hide is used in a beneficial way.
Trophy hunting presents a much different problem, a hunter is killing an animal solely because he/she can.
We need to protect this iconic species and not allow them to be sold as target practice to the highest bidder.
One of the high points of the British Columbia economy during the past recession has been ecotourism, bringing millions of tourists to our province showing them the incredible animals that inhabit our wilderness and providing thousands of jobs in rural areas that were hard hit.
Are we going to throw all of that away? You only have to look to the East Coast seal hunt to see the damage that an international boycott can do to a province. The Liberal Party needs to take a "no trophy hunting" policy immediately.