ThanksHere's an update. I have spoken at length with Ron Fleming, the guide and outfitter residing in Hazelton BC, who has initiated the lawsuit. I am not a lawyer so forgive me if I confuse some details, but this is the jist of it.
The lawsuit has been submitted and is currently under review to see if it will be accepted by the Supreme Court. The Minister has two weeks to respond.
Mr. Fleming tells me his lawyers state it is illegal in Canada to make a decision that effects resource management based on public opinion. This is part of their argument against the grizzly hunt ban, which was initiated because it "was no longer publicly acceptable".
I have made a modest donation to support the legal fund and once Mr. Fleming learns if the lawsuit is a go, he will get back to me and I will a) provide an information update and b) provide banking details so any others inclined to contribute to the cause can do so.
Evidently, in Canada it is illegal to base resource desicions on public opinion. As the grizzly hunt bane was...This lawsuit sounds like throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks.
Operating a private business solely/mostly reliant on the government's approval of seasons/regulations is always risky. There are always natural or man-made circumstances that dictate if you make money that year. Maybe the outfitters should sue large companies for causing global warming hurting the caribou herds too.
I understand the arguments of the plaintiff and sympathize, but it has zero legal merit imo