Members of the FFAW-Unifor have planned a rally for tomorrow morning at the Smallwood Building in Corner Brook to draw attention to what the union calls the federal Conservative Government’s continued assault on the future of the province’s coastal communities.
In a press release, the union said in the last year alone, the federal conservative government has cut the owner-operator inshore shrimp quota by 26 per cent while cutting the corporate-owned offshore quota by only five per cent. Just last month, Gail Shea broke the halibut stable sharing agreement to increase PEI quota by 87 per cent while increasing NL quota by only nine per cent. Securing votes in the Maritime Provinces and increasing corporate profit is clearly more important than adhering to the longstanding principle of adjacency, the union went on to say.
“These continued attacks by the federal Conservative government on rural Newfoundland and Labrador are shameful,” said FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan.
“The federal government seems to be under the impression that the economic sustainability Newfoundland and Labrador is unimportant to Canada. Recent analyses by others, such as BMO, suggest the contrary. The fishery is the economic future of our province but with management trends like this we will have no future.”
Provincial Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Vaughn Granter also announced that he will also be participating in the rally, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.