Last week, provincial fisheries minister Vaughn Granter held a news conference at a local restaurant known for its seafood dishes to announce that from now on, that restaurant and even ordinary consumers could buy fish.directly from a fisherman without facing any legal problems.
That may sound a bit odd to some people but truth be . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The smallest details tell the biggest story #nlpoli
Maybe it was the headline on John Ivison’s opinion piece in the National Post that threw them off.
Spat over $400M N.L. fund could make federal government look bad to European trade partners
Provincial Conservatives, their patronage clients, and their paid staffers were all over Twitter all weekend tweeting touting the support in Ivison’s piece . . . → Read More: Je suis Charlie: Roger Grimes: savage political attack dog #nlpoli
That’s all it took to destroy the provincial government’s historic fisheries policy that had been built on the highly successful state-controlled model pioneered by such economic powerhouses as the Soviet Union, Albania, and North Korea.
About 30 years ago, Kathy Dunderdale started out her political career fighting against fisheries reform.
Last December, she scolded fish plant workers in Marystown for turning out 18 weeks work that would have qualified them for employment insurance and kept their plant open.
She continued her fight against fisheries reform over the weekend in a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Other Damn-Fool Fisheries Policy #nlpoli #cdnpoli
People drawing unemployment insurance in the Atlantic provinces might be in for a new way of life in the near future, if changes to the Employment Insurance system turn out as described by the National Post on Wednesday:
What we will be doing is making people aware there’s hiring going on and reminding them that . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tightening up EI access #nlpoli #cdnpoli
Thursday’s announcement by fisheries minister Darin King should give you a pretty big reminder that the local political scene remains mired in the past.
The provincial government is giving a private sector company a $3.6 million. They are calling it a loan. In effect, the provincial government is going to pay a cash subsidy directly . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Patronage and seals… #nlpoli
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is holding a consultation on the future direction of the commercial fishery in Canada. it builds off the sustainable fisheries framework announced in 2009.
Click on the picture to head off to the part of the website where you can leave your comments online.
Here’s how the DFO . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The fishery of the future, DFO version #nlpoli #cdnpoli
A strange as it may seem after years of evidence that political interference in fisheries management has caused nothing but grief, there are still people – all politicians – who think the answer is yet more political interference.
Expect all of them to be out in force responding to this fisheries report because it appears . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get politics out of fishery: report #nlpoli
The basic problem in the fishery is that the provincial fisheries minister has too much control over the industry and – inevitably – tends to use it all for political purposes rather than for the good of the industry.
So fisheries minister Darin King’s answer to the current mess in the industry is to go . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bad sign #nlpoli #cdnpoli
The CBC online account is on the Ceeb’s website (here). That’s pretty much what everyone has been reporting, namely the impact fisheries minister Darin King’s comments on Friday had on Ocean Choice International.
Check the company’s news release and you’ll see that is also what the company started out with:
Sullivan said remarks by fisheries . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: OCI jams provincial fisheries minister #nlpoli
Scientists told some American fishermen before Christmas that the cod the fishermen depend on for their livelihood are in danger of disappearing unless the fishermen change their ways.
Frig off, say the fishermen.
People from this province will recognise the drama. Evidence says one thing. A whole bunch of people deny it.
The drama continues . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A familiar, fishy tale #nlpoli
A couple of provocative articles turned up online over the holidays. Now that everyone is getting back into the work-a-day groove, check them out.
Energy consultant Tom Adams took a hard look at Muskrat Falls and gave it a failing grade. Adams doesn’t limit his comments to the MF project alone. He also takes a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Christmas Goodies #nlpoli #cdnpoli
Pay attention to some of the comments about the fishery the past couple of weeks and you’ll here talk about how we need to change the model.
For example, labour federation boss Lana Payne has talked about the failure of what she called the “corporate model”. When OCI boss Martin Sullivan says the fishery . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Newfoundland Spring #nlpoli
Fisheries union Earle McCurdy took a political chainsaw to the provincial government on Tuesday, accusing the governing Conservatives of buying “right into [OCI’s] sales pitch without there being any evidence of trying to negotiate anything better.”
McCurdy claimed that if OCI gets permission to export fish for processing, then the province is “on the brink . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Chainsaw Earle #nlpoli
Ocean Choice International’s Martin Sullivan was the guest this week on CBC’s On Point. That’s a link to a CBC story that includes the whole program.
The most obvious point about Sullivan’s argument is that it is – essentially – simple and sensible. The company needs to export fish in a form the market wants. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Change in the fishery #nlpoli
Remember that thing about not being able to slide a sheet of paper between the three political parties on major issues?
Well, it continues to play out on the fishery.
Ocean Choice International announced on Friday it is closing a couple of plants that have been struggling for some time.
The provincial government – via . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Wheel of Fish #nlpoli
News today that OCI will permanently close two of its fish plants is merely the start of it.
The hurricane of change that is sure to follow will make the 1992 cod moratorium seem like a gentle breeze.
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Ocean Choice international is a local fishing company. The key players in the company are from the Sullivan family.
You will recall one member of the family - Loyola – was a key cabinet minister in the Tory administration that started in office in 2003. He is now used to be a federal fisheries . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Suck it up, buttercup #nlpoli