News Canada
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • +
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email
SHARE THIS
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email

On Dec. 3, Canadian TV personality Steve Ecklund of the outdoor show The Edge posted photos of himself with a cougar he had hunted and killed in northern Alberta. He then posted again that he had made a stir-fry with the meat.

“What an unreal ending to a fun filled season,” he wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post, “Northern Alberta lion with BIG CAT ADVENTURES Brian and Claudette Chorney … can’t thank you guys enough for the eye opener into your world of houndsmen.” Despite the legality of his actions (cougar hunting is legal in the area for non-residents from December to February), the post sparked online outrage at the needless killing. Other social media users came to the host’s defence and Ecklund posted again the next day.

“If you can guess what post has 900 likes, 450 comments, 13 confirmed death threats, 754 swear words and one very happy hunter in it … I will enter your name into the draw for the new cougar cook book, filled with mouth water recipes for your next mountain lion hunt,” he wrote. The story gradually gained more traction until it blew up Friday when it was retweeted by Laureen Harper, wife of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Laureen proved that she’s definitely the chiller of the two Harpers, calling Ecklund a “creep,” implying that he was “compensating for something,” and then just coming right out and saying he probably has a small penis.

The tweet seemed a little out of character to some Canadians who only know Laureen Harper as wife to the former Conservative leader — not exactly the person you expect to be throwing around innuendos and the word “penis” willy-nilly. She assured her concerned followers that her account wasn’t hacked, she was just mad.

Many people agreed with Harper’s outrage and some defended Ecklund and his right to hunt. Others were just confused at a Harper being cool. Because let’s face it, that was a pretty savage burn coming from the wife of Stephen just-let-me-adjust-my-glasses Harper.

Carry on, Laureen. The world needs more people like you.

COMMENTS