Monday, March 23, 2015
Con MP criticizes quality of NL question on shrimp and adjacency principle
I posed the following question today (March 23rd) during Question Period in the House of Commons: Mr. Speaker, The Conservatives are poking the Newfoundland and Labrador bear over shrimp quotas and failing to put coastal communities first. Last year, inshore harvesters lost 26 per cent of their quota, compared to only five per cent for the inshore fleet. And despite concerns about declining shrimp stock, we are hearing there might not be quota cuts — but the science doesn't add up … we don't even know what the science is. Mr. Speaker, Will the Conservative government commit now to the principle of adjacency—those closest to the resource must benefit from the resource?