OTTAWA— Liberal Fisheries and Oceans critic Lawrence MacAulay made the following statement today on the government’s announcement that it will preserve Canada’s fleet separation and owner-operator policies:
“It is extremely unfortunate that it took months of fighting by fishers in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and by the Liberal Party in Parliament, including threatening to introduce an Opposition Day motion in the House of Commons on this issue, for the government to act to protect our inshore and mid-shore fisheries.
I would like to thank everyone who joined us these last months in our fight to force the federal government to continue to support the owner-operator and fleet separation policies.
Unfortunately the fight is not over. Just yesterday this government refused to come out in support of these vital policies and still their plans to ‘modernize’ our fishing industry remain shrouded in secrecy. The Conservatives have yet to explain to Canadian fishers why they were so reluctant with their support and why they omitted Quebec fishers from today’s announcement.
Liberals ignited this fight when Liberal Leader Bob Rae met with over 500 fishers in Stratford, PEI and we will continue to push this government to come clean on their plan for our fisheries.”