Monday, April 7, 2014

Commons committee asked to study shrimp cuts

I introduced the following Notice of Motion today (Monday, April 7th) at a meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. The motion will be debated on Wednesday.

That the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans immediately undertake a study of the impacts of the cuts to the inshore shrimp quota off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on fishermen and the local economy; and that the study include a review of the department's science related to the fishery and the management policy known as last-in, first out; and that witnesses include but are not limited to DFO officials, DFO scientists, local fishermen and local processors.

1 comment:

Curious said...

This government's treatment of DFO and the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery is nothing short of shocking. As international scientific bodies confirm the reality of climate change and the necessity of doing some things differently, the Conservative government deliberately looks the other way and treats the health of the oceans, coastlines, and the people who make their living from the sea, as if they were of very limited value. With cuts to the science branch, the search and rescue operations, Fisheries Act enforcement, there's little that hasn't been affected. Harper made no secret of his disdain for our province and our way of life very early on in his career as a politician when he talked about the "culture of defeat" in the eastern provinces.

I wish you well in getting this motion passed, Ryan. We've got to keep trying. But what we really need is a different government!