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All MPs should work together to put a lid on the hatred, don’t stoke it

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Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, pictured June 21, 2022, on the Hill talking to reporters. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

In 1992, when the federal government shut down the cod fishing industry in Newfoundland, putting 30,000 people out of work, Mulroney-era cabinet minister John Crosbie confronted a crowd of angry fishermen by a dock in his riding. In the now infamous news clip, Crosbie is seen surrounded by the fishermen, arguing, and ends up bellowing at them: “I didn’t take the fish from the goddamned water,” and points his thumb at ocean behind him. Years later, he would say the cod moratorium was the hardest political moment in his career, but also said he wasn’t “afraid of his own shadow.”

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