Looks to me like “Grit Girl” is the one “making it up as [she] goes along” with this particular video.
First of all, it should be pointed out that Senator Nancy Ruth — the “Conservative politician” being ridiculed here — was actually appointed in 2005 by former Prime Minister Paul Martin. She was a Progressive Conservative (a “Red Tory” if you will) and is a long-time social activist, feminist, and philanthropist. Prior to her appointment, she founded several women’s organizations in Canada, including the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and a women’s studies chair at Mount Saint Vincent University. She’s a member of the Order of Canada and also happens to be Canada’s first (and only?) openly lesbian senator.
Second, regarding to the allegation that the Conservatives “don’t like the poor” because of Senator Ruth’s suggestion that geese be shot and fed to the needy, making such a logical inference is absurd. In fact, the National Post article to which the video is linked notes that: “In 1997, a report commissioned by a multi-municipality committee in the Toronto area said culling geese and donating the meat to local [food] banks may be the answer to the growing problem of the mess on beaches and in parks.” Many experts don’t seem to think that this is the most effective approach (“egg oiling” and other methods are preferred), but that’s beside the point. Also, there’s nothing wrong with eating goose meat, although in my experience, it’s a lot more trouble than it’s worth.
Third, if it’s alleged that the Conservatives “don’t like a proud national Canadian symbol, either” because of Senator Ruth’s remarks, then the Liberals can’t think much of snow geese, because in 2000 the government proposed culling half a million of that species as part of a wildlife management program to preserve their arctic habitat.
Fourth, hunting doesn’t necessarily make a person “gun crazy” — if indeed that’s the implication of the little zinger in the video in this regard.
Finally, mentioning that the Canada Goose was “once an endangered species” is beyond laughable. Yes, over a century ago it had been hunted almost to the point of extinction, but that’s hardly the case today. The damn things are now ubiquitous to the point of being a nuisance. And furthermore, as Senator Ruth correctly pointed out, they are, in fact, a health hazard. In addition to being a carrier of pathogens that can infect livestock and domesticated animals, their droppings contain unique forms of E. coli that are more toxic to the digestive system than other forms of this bacterium. By the way, just 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement in a year.