NDP release fish kill music video along with poster
A screenshot of the video released by P.E.I. NDP leader Mike Redmond on Thursday.
CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island’s NDP leader, Mike Redmond, announced a new component to their anti-Liberal fish kill campaign on Thursday.
In addition to the “P.E.I. Fish Kill 2013” festival poster released on Tuesday, the NDP party now has a YouTube video to boot.
The video features a novelty singing fish dancing along to an original song, and chiming in “I’m worried, not happy,” to the song’s refrain.
“The fish themselves are speaking out,” Redmond said wryly.
The song takes digs at what the NDP say is the Liberal government’s inaction to prevent the repeated incidents of fish kills in P.E.I.
“(Janice) Sherry hopes that it ain’t so, but I’ve gotta tell her it’s the status quo,” the song goes, taking a shot at the environment minister. “We’ll be asking her to act real soon, because to these poisons we are not immune.”
Redmond said he’s been pleased with the response the campaign has been getting.
“We are getting terrific feedback from the public. Getting a serious message across by using satire really gets people’s attention.”
Despite the humourous method, he asserts the goal of the campaign is serious.
“Our waterways, our environment and our very health are at risk. The government has to move to action right now.”
Redmond wants to see the provincial government implement the recommendations of the 2007 report ‘We are all Downstream, We are all Upstream, We are all part of a Watershed.’ The report, done by the Environmental Advisory Council, put forth 43 recommendations on improving watershed issues on P.E.I.
The video can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys6NgAyy3Ds.
Islanders can support the campaign by signing the NDP PEI’s petition at www.ipetitions.com/petition/peifishkill/. As of Friday noon, the petition had 137 out of 1,000 signatures.