March 01, 2018

Ches Crosbie calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to replace Minister of Fisheries and Oceans LeBlanc

St. John’s (March 1, 2018) – Today, PC Leadership candidate Ches Crosbie is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately reverse his government’s decision to reallocate portion of the Grand Bank surf clam quota, and to replace Minister of Fisheries and Oceans LeBlanc.

“I am disturbed to hear additional details come to light surrounding the job-killing reallocation of portion of the Grand Bank surf clam quota,” said Crosbie

“The Prime Minister should reverse Minister LeBlanc’s recent decisions immediately.”

Crosbie refers to comments made by provincial Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne, who stated that there was no evidence that Indigenous groups from Newfoundland and Labrador signed on to the proposal before it was submitted. This seems to contradict the information publicly stated by federal Minister LeBlanc while announcing the reallocation.    

“If these allegations by Minister Byrne are correct, the quota decision violates the terms of the bid. Moreover, the expropriation of the Clearwater quota undermines investor confidence at a time when confidence is most needed,” added Crosbie.

“In that case, Mr. LeBlanc needs to be removed from his portfolio as federal fisheries minister immediately.”

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