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June 03, 2011

A country run by crazy people

Flooded-out farmer needs permit to remove fish

SABREVOIS, Que. - Bureaucrats have added insult to injury for a corn farmer south of Montreal whose fields have been damaged by near-record flooding.

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. [...]

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.

"The idea is to help farmers," said Jean-Philippe Detolle. "The licence was issued to reassure them they won't be fined."

H.T. Jeff G

Posted by joke du jour at June 3, 2011 06:01 PM

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