NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

This month marks the expiry of a federal/provincial/company agreement that has provided millions of pounds of fish annually for Ocean Choice International, with minimal local processing content in return. Today in the House of Assembly’s Question Period, NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St.

NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael

Recent statements made by government about minimum processing requirement (MPR) exemptions given to one of the province’s largest fish processing companies have raised more questions than they’ve answered for NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi). She asked some of those questions yesterday, but didn’t get a clear response, so she tried again today.


It’s Right to Know Week in Canada, and members of the provincial NDP caucus have been drawing attention this week to many of the things government apparently doesn’t want them – or residents of the province – to know.

NDP Municipal Affairs Critic George Murphy

NDP Municipal Affairs critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) just wants to know about Ocean Choice International’s water bill. The provincial government took two months to tell him it wasn’t going to give him the answer, but that he has 60 days to initiate court action if he really wants to know.


NDP Fisheries and Aquaculture critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) says an unusually-timed Friday night announcement is good news for workers in one town, but has set the stage for a complete loss of control of this province’s most traditional resource.


NDP Fisheries and Aquaculture Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) says the Ocean Choice International proposal regarding yellowtail flounder has no guarantees for workers at the Fortune plant and would permit foreign trawlers inside the 200-mile limit.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she shares the relief of FFAW workers who are back to work after a ten-week lockout. However, she says, the lengthy dispute served to highlight the need for anti-scab legislation in the province.


NDP Labour critic Dale Kirby (MHA St. John’s North) says Ocean Choice International has taken advantage of government’s deafening silence to run roughshod over the right of workers in this province to strike. Kirby says government has given OCI tacit approval to use scab labour to harvest public resources government was elected to manage on our behalf.


NDP Fisheries and Aquaculture critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA The Straits - White Bay North) says he is glad to see the Minister of Fishers and Aquaculture living up to his responsibilities for the resources owned by the people of the province by denying Ocean Choice International (OCI) exemptions to redfish and yellowtail processing commitments.


NDP Fisheries Critic Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits – White Bay North) and Labour Critic Dale Kirby (St. John’s North) will be going to the Bay Roberts picket lines at 2:30 today. They are going to meet with the locked out workers of the Newfoundland Lynx.

Mitchelmore and Kirby will be accompanied by George Murphy (St. John’s East) and Gerry Rogers (St. John’s Centre).



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