Bureaucrats have added insult to injury for a corn farmer south of Montreal whose fields have been damaged by near-record flooding.So how do authorities justify the regulation? Obviously, to protect the farmers:
Martin Reid says he's been forced to buy a fishing licence to remove carp that are swimming in a metre of water on his flooded-out fields.
He says he bought the permit to avoid the problems he faced the last time he was forced to remove fish from his flooded farmland. In 1993, Reid was fined $1,000 for illegal fishing.
"My father and I . . . were charged by Fisheries and Oceans Canada," Reid recalled. "We were jointly responsible for having caused the death of fish for reasons other than sport fishing."
Reid says the fine will jump to $100,000 if he's cited a second time.
A spokesman for the provincial natural resources department defended Ottawa's decision.(via Small Dead Animals)
"The idea is to help farmers," said Jean-Philippe Detolle. "The licence was issued to reassure them they won't be fined."