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Minister Announces Changes to the Fisheries Act

Today, Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards to protect our fish and their habitat for generations to come. LeBlanc said the Government of Canada is putting in place better rules to protect the environment. “To preserve, protect and help restore our environment we need a Fisheries Act that Canadians can trust. Today, I am pleased we are ...

Gerry Byrne Named New N.L. Fisheries Minister

The sudden resignation of Finance Minister Cathy Bennett Monday forced Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, to change up his cabinet. Joining Cabinet are Tom Osborne, MHA for Waterford Valley, who has been appointed as Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Human Resources Secretariat, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Minister Responsible ...

Dominic LeBlanc Heads Delegation to UN Ocean Conference in New York

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, is leading a Canadian delegation to the first ever UN Ocean Conference. Canada will be reiterating its commitment to the sustainable harvest of our fisheries and highlighting the leadership role Canada is taking internationally on policies related to marine conservation targets. The minister will underscore Canada's commitment to protecting five per cent of its marine and coastal areas by the end of 2017 as a clear ...

Federal Fisheries Minister Resigns to Seek Addiction Treatment

Late Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped in Ottawa — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying Hunter Tootoo had resigned his position as minister of fisheries and oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and was leaving the Liberal caucus to seek treatment for addiction. "Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has resigned from his position as minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard," Trudeau said in the statement. "He will also be leaving ...

Minister Exploring Options to Meet Sub-Centre Commitment: Former Rescue Co-ordinator Hopes Marine Rescue Facility Will be Back in Operation by Spring

The man who publicly led the fight against the 2012 closure of the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Rescue sub-centre in St. John's says there's no reason the centre can't be re-opened by this spring, now that the federal Liberal government has committed to bringing it back. Merv Wiseman, a former rescue co-ordinator at the centre, said the physical infrastructure is still in place at the Atlantic Coast Guard headquarters building on Southside Road in St. John's. “I don't know if (it being ...

Initial Hunter, Ball Meeting Positive in Tone; But Little Detail Released

The first visit by the new federal Fisheries Minister appeared to be congenial, but was very scant on actual details. Hunter Tootoo was in St. John’s January 11 for his first meeting with Newfoundland and Labrador officials, including Premier Dwight Ball, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Crocker and Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. The ongoing spat between Confederation Hill and Parliament Hill is long and bitter. For years, ...

Minister Tootoo Participates in Meetings with N.L. Government

Federal Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Minister Hunter Tootoo was in St. John’s Monday visiting Premier Dwight Ball and his provincial counterpart Steve Crocker. At a press conference, both Ball and Tootoo indicated they spoke about a number of issues, including fisheries joint management, LIFO, halibut quotas, expanded cod fishery, shrimp quotas and the controversial CETA agreement. But neither politician would get into much detail about their meetings. Also participa...

New Liberal Government Outlines Fisheries Priorities

The following is the departmental mandate letter sent to Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. We have promised Canadians a government that will bring real change — in both what we do and how we do it. Canadians sent a clear message in this election, and our platform offered a new, ambitious plan for a ...

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 ...

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 ...