The Executive Secretary of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU) was one of two men killed in a Dec. 5 head-on collision on Route 11 in Lower Newcastle, N.B.
Police reported that Christian Brun, 46, of Cormier Village was the driver of a car that collided with a car driven by a 69-year-old man from Miscou, N.B.
Brun was involved in the fishery since 2004, initially as a coordinator during a period of structural change at the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and in 2006, he became part of the executive team.
Reaction and condolences poured in from around the fishing community.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the tragic death of Christian Brun,” wrote federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc. “I have known and admired Christian for many years and feel privileged to have called him a friend.”
“As Executive Secretary of the MFU, Christian worked hard to defend coastal communities in Atlantic Canada,” wrote LeBlanc. “He always had the best interests of fishers at heart and he advanced their interests with vigour, dedication and principle.”
New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Rick Doucet said he had a tremendous amount of respect for Brun.
“He was a champion of the minimum size carapace, to protect the stock and improve the returns for the fishermen,” said Doucet. “Market access. Improving the quality of lobster with the onboard container system. The rehab program he put together for herring, the list goes on and on.”
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW) issued the following statement, “the FFAW-Unifor is shocked and saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Christian Brun. As the President of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation and the Executive-Secretary of the Maritime Fisherman’s Union, Christian worked tirelessly on behalf of fish harvesters across the country. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and friends.”
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash, which happened on dry pavement and in good weather, police said.
Brun was originally from Cormier-Village. He attended the University of Ottawa and Moncton and graduated with an MBA in administration. He worked in South Africa for a total of eight years, mostly in Mozambique. He also worked in many types of areas of international community development.