NDP devotes Question Period to fisheries issues
The NDP Caucus today used its 12 minutes of Question Period to ask the government questions related to the industry that is both most associated with the province’s heritage and most jeopardized because of government indifference.
“The fishery is a complicated business,” NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said today. “It is impossible to condense its challenges into a sound bite and difficult to select which of the many issues in the fishery to ask questions about in 12 minutes in the House of Assembly.”
Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore added, “Today we went looking for answers on fleet separation, seafood marketing, the labour market, a lobster co-op, and empowering fishing communities in decision making. We could just as easily have asked about lobster buybacks, scab labour on fishing trawlers, or crab prices.”
While happy to bring some important and ongoing issues to the House, the caucus was not impressed with the reaction of government members.
“We were hoping for some real answers to some of the questions that we and thousands of other Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have about the fishery,” said Michael. “I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the government instead chose to grandstand and mouth self-congratulatory platitudes.
“We are not discouraged, however, and will continue to raise important issues in the House of Assembly despite government’s apparent indifference.”