Jumped gun

Opposition MPs and MPPs always are looking to score political points—and local MPP Sarah Campbell tried to do just that last week.
With both guns blazing, she slammed a proposal to reduce daily catch limits from four walleye to two for non-residents, arguing the change will unfairly penalize fishing camp owners in the region—and will be another blow to the northwest’s tourism industry.
Hmm, not so fast. It’s true that camp owners in the Kenora and Dryden areas are hopping mad with the move to expand the boundaries of the so-called International Border Waters regulations north to their neck of the woods.
What Ms. Campbell evidently didn’t realize, or forgot, is that tourist operators in this part of her riding have had to deal with the very change she’s railing against for more than a decade now.
Extending those regulations to include much of the region in effect levels the playing field, giving camp owners here the opportunity to entice visiting anglers to stay with them rather than head farther north, where the daily walleye limit was higher.
When Rainy River riding was unceremoniously merged with Kenora in the late 1990s, there always was the danger our MPP would get caught between a rock and a hard place over conflicting interests among her constituents.
That’s precisely what’s happened here. And in her eagerness to attack the government, Ms. Campbell jumped the gun in arguing against what essentially is only fair.