Christmas in July
Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a sure, telltale sign a provincial election was looming in Newfoundland and Labrador.
One would always know, particularly in rural areas of the province, that the dropping of the writ was eminent when shiny new firetrucks would start rolling into firehall parking lots everywhere. For some reason, the governing party of the time always seemed to think that the best way to secure votes in the bays and coves around the province would be to hand over ...
FFAW Releases Report Card on Provincial Party Commitments
The FFAW-Unifor has released its report card on the election commitments of the provincial parties on issues of importance to its members.
“This election is important to our members and their families,” FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan stated. "While a new federal government provides hope for critical changes in fisheries management, the provincial government still has a vital role to play in ensuring that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador receive the maximum benefit from the ...
Hunter Tootoo Named Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Rookie Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo has been named minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's new cabinet.
Tootoo served in Nunavut's legislative assembly from 1999 until 2013. He defeated Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq in the federal election last month.
Rumours were widespread that Newfoundland and Labrador veteran MP Judy Foote might be in line for the fisheries portfolio, but she was appointed Minister of Public Services and ...
Seafood Industry Reacts Positively to Trans-Pacific Trade Deal
Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the tentative Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the largest-ever deal of its kind.
Twelve nations, including Canada, recently signed on to a deal that would ease trade barriers covering about 40 per cent of the world’s economy.
The proposed agreement reduces or eliminates barriers in a wide range of sectors and could lead to more Canadian exports — notably seafood products. It also entrenches new international trade standards in Asia, setting a ...
Fisheries Minister Goes Down to Defeat
Canada will soon have a new Minister of Fisheries.
Current Minister Gail Shea fell victim to the Liberal red tide that swept across the country, especially in Atlantic Canada, Monday night. In the Prince Edward Island riding of Egmont, Liberal Bobby Morrissey has won a huge victory over incumbent Conservative cabinet minister Gail Shea.
Incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have lots of potential candidates to look at for the fisheries portfolio, since his Liberals swept all 32 ...
N.L. Fisheries Minister Will Not Seek Re-Election
Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Vaughn Granter announced today in Corner Brook he will not be seeking another term in the upcoming Nov. 30 provincial election.
Granter, a former educator, told a media gathering that he has accepted the principal’s position at Corner Brook High School.
He was first elected as MHA for Humber West in a February 2011 by-election and was re-elected in the general election later that year. In 2014, he was appointed minister of ...
Results of FFAW-Unifor Executive Board Election
On August 4, the FFAW-Unifor Elections Committee tallied the mail-in ballots for the tri-annual Executive Board election, where eight positions were contested.
The Elections Committee, chaired by Reg Anstey, reported the results as follows:
Candidate: Keith Sullivan
Election Winner: Elected by Acclamation
Candidates: David Decker and Peter Leonard
Election Winner: David Decker
Position: VP – Inshore
FFAW Announces Candidates for Executive Board Election — Sullivan Acclaimed as President: Decker Being Challenged
The Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW/Unifor) recently announced its list of candidates for the upcoming executive board election.
Not surprisingly, new president Keith Sullivan was acclaimed, however, long-time union secretary-treasurer Dave Decker is being challenged for the position by Peter Leonard of Southern Harbour.
Keith Sullivan (Elected by Acclamation)
VP – Inshore
Tony Doyle (Elected by ...
Taking Stock of P.E.I.’s Provincial Election
As this article was being written, Prince Edward Island was just ending the half-way point of its 65th general election and all four parties were ramping up their platform rollouts.
Reports from the campaign trail peg issues like accountability and open government as being of great concern to the electorate, and the usual suspects are also at play: the economy, job creation and rural healthcare.
One topic that has not received a great deal of ink and airtime is the Island’s fishing ...