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MINISTER WILKINSON MUST REVERSE JOB-KILLING GRAND BANK SURF CLAM DECISION: CROSBIE
Today, Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie is joining the Town of Grand Bank in calling on the new federal Fisheries Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, to reverse the Federal Government’s decision to reallocate Grand Bank’s Arctic Surf Clam quota.
Monday, July 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Minister Wilkinson Must Reverse Job-Killing Grand Bank Surf Clam Decision: Crosbie

St. John’s, NL (July 23, 2018) – Today, Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie is joining the Town of Grand Bank in calling on the new federal Fisheries Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, to reverse the Federal Government’s decision to reallocate Grand Bank’s Arctic Surf Clam quota.

“The arbitrary confiscation of Grand Bank’s Arctic Surf Clam quota by the Trudeau Liberals takes full-time year-round jobs from the community, and threatens the livelihood of hard-working Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Crosbie

“Today, I am joining the recent call from the Town of Grand Bank for the newly appointed federal Fisheries Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, to reverse this job-killing decision.”

Crosbie refers to a recent letter sent to Minister Wilkinson from the Town of Grand Bank which outlines their on-going struggles due to quota reallocation. Crosbie agrees with the Town’s characterization of the decision as one that has caused a major setback for the provincial fishing industry, and causes damage to the reconciliation process with First Nation and Indigenous peoples.

“It is clear that the process used by the Trudeau Liberals to reallocate the Arctic Surf Clam quota has been flawed since the beginning, and has destroyed public confidence in the federal Government’s support for our fisheries.” added Crosbie.

Crosbie believes that in order to make things right with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, Minister Wilkinson should correct the mistakes made by his predecessor, Dominic LeBlanc.

“Justin Trudeau is trying to sweep the Grand Bank controversy under the rug by appointing a Fisheries Minister from British Columbia – despite holding every seat in Atlantic Canada,” said Crosbie

“If Minister Wilkinson really wants to make things right, he will reverse this job-killing decision immediately.”

Contact: Media@ChesCrosbie.ca, (709) 222-9092

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