Re-open House to deal with Fisheries crisis: NDP Leader

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) called today for Premier Kathy Dunderdale to immediately re-open the House of Assembly to allow for emergency debate on the crisis being faced by people in Marystown and Port Union.

“OCI’s closure of two fish plants, and the resulting loss of hundreds of jobs, cannot be allowed to happen without the government being forced to answer some hard questions,” said Michael.

“The company has been stringing the workers along for months. Now the vague reassurances have turned into devastating reality for Marystown, and Port Union has little to hope for. Imagine the impact on these people, their families, and the communities they live in.”

Michael is also demanding that the government rescind the redfish processing exemption given to OCI as an incentive to keep the Marystown plant open.

“Immediately after the election, the premier told us that some tough decisions would have to be made around the fishery,” she said. “She is allowing OCI to decide for Marystown and Port Union. Leaving all the decisions up to the fish companies is obviously not working for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“If the House of Assembly were open, we would certainly ask questions, and I would hope that together we could come up with answers. As it is, the House remains closed, and there will be hundreds of families with little to celebrate this Christmas.”

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