If the reputation of the Newfoundland seal hunt wasn’t hard enough to defend, a hakapik has been linked to the Conservative Party of Canada.
Jenni Byrne, 34, who’s been tapped by Stephen Harper to run his next election campaign, reportedly keeps a hakapik — “the weapon used to club to death baby seals” — on her office desk in Ottawa for all the world to see.
The hakapik supposedly contributes to Byrne’s reputation as both feared and fearless.
Which is hard to believe, considering there’s apparently not a stain of Newfoundland blood in her.
Besides, it’s not the hakapik that makes the sealer, so much as the hand that swings it.