Wrong to Grand Bank Workers Does Not Make Right with Indigenous Groups, says Crosbie
St. John’s (February 26, 2018) – Today, PC Leadership candidate Ches Crosbie is calling on Premier Ball to defend the future of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Indigenous development does not require re-allocating quotas to reduce jobs in Grand Bank,” said Crosbie
“The Premier should tell his federal Liberal friends that they have crossed into the red zone.”
Crosbie said that, as lawyer for Residential Schools victims, his track record on reconciliation is well-established and includes negotiating last November’s apology from Prime Minister Trudeau. He insists this is not the right approach.
“Reconciliation can’t be achieved on the backs of rural fishers and plant workers, and by violating accepted principles of adjacency and historical connection,” added Crosbie
“Furthermore, these same principles of adjacency and historical connection are vital for the future of Indigenous communities, and violating them in the past has caused great harm.”
According to Crosbie, Grand Bank mayor Rex Matthews has informed him that expropriation of the Clearwater quota threatens 60-70 jobs on clam vessels and 50 jobs at the plant.
Crosbie suggests that instead of taking a 25% surf clam quota from the Clearwater plant in Grand Bank and sending it to processing to Nova Scotia, the federal Liberal government could have allocated new sea cucumber resource to Indigenous interests. This possibility has even been noted by Liberal MP Churence Rogers.
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.
Communications and Policy Advisor