March 07, 2018

Ches Crosbie Calls for United Action on Grand Bank Surf Clam Issue

St. John’s (March 7, 2018) – Today, PC Leadership candidate Ches Crosbie is calling for united action against the federal government’s recent decision to take 25% of Newfoundland and Labrador’s surf clam quota.

In an open letter addressed to all three legislature party leaders, Crosbie is calling for an all-party delegation to unite, travel to Ottawa, and demand the Prime Minister reverse this decision.

“This needless attack on our rural economy and our way of life can be defeated by an all-party show of unity,” wrote Crosbie

“I call on the leaders of the three official parties in the legislature to set aside their disagreements and join hands across the aisle to demand a meeting with the Prime Minister, travel to Ottawa, and not leave until the meeting is held.”

Crosbie suggests that this delegation could be further aided by the inclusion of local and union representatives, along with independent MHA Paul Lane. Working collectively, Crosbie believes they can pressure the federal government to reverse this decision which has expropriated well-paying jobs from the Grand Bank region.

“The presence of other representatives would add weight to the delegation, and impress upon the Prime Minister and his advisors that this province speaks with one voice: the surf clam quota decision must be reversed!” added Crosbie.

Crosbie is requesting the House of Assembly pass a unanimous resolution in support of an all-party delegation, and suspend sittings until the meeting with the Prime Minister has occurred.

Ensuring a future for rural Newfoundland and Labrador is part of Crosbie’s plan to rebuild our economy. Rebuilding the economy has served as one the three tenants of Crosbie’s leadership campaign, in addition to restoring confidence in government and revitalizing the PC Party.

The next leader of the PC Party will be selected during their party convention scheduled for April 27-29, 2018.



Devin Drover
Communications and Policy Advisor