The MNA representing Mille-Îles and Quebec Liberal Party Critic for Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Ms. Francine Charbonneau, salutes the government’s decision to move forward with an online course to facilitate the population’s access, but regrets the decision to abandon the practical archery test previously required before receiving a bow hunting permit.
In order to ensure hunters’ safety and respect for wildlife, the Official Opposition is asking for the practical archery tests to be reinstated for those seeking to use a bow. The situation is worrisome as there are over 186 candidates who fail the archery test each year. These people will now be able to obtain a permit without the practical skills to use this type of weapon.
This decision completely defies logic. We have been asking hunters to comply with the highest standards for safety and hunting ethics for years. It is very disturbing to see that people can find themselves with a weapon in hand but without the tools to use it properly. Not everything can be learned on the Internet, we certainly should not underestimate the dangers that this can represent.
–Ms. Francine Charbonneau, MNA representing Mille-Îles and Quebec Liberal Party Critic for Forests, Wildlife and Parks.