We need an MOU of truth

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

For some 500 years, this prov­ince’s fish­ery was the stim­u­lat­ing en­gine that drove our econ­omy and built the so­cial in­fra­struc­ture which molded a char­ac­ter of peo­ple who were the salt of the earth. In the 60 years of our union with Canada, the fed­eral govern­ment has com­pletely mis­man­aged this great re­source and ig­nored the mag­nif­i­cent cul­ture it spawned.

Since the mora­to­rium in 1992, the fed­eral govern­ment has done noth­ing to change their ‘po­lit­i­cally cir­cum­scribed’ fish­eries at­ti­tude, one of ma­nip­u­la­tion and bar­ter­ing away of the re­source and its eco­nomic value to big con­cerns and for­eign coun­tries. Poli­cies which are not sen­si­tive to the health of the re­source, based on good sci­ence or the wel­fare of Cana­dian cit­i­zens in the in­dus­try, but ones geared in­stead by bureau­cratic con­trols, in­sen­si­tive to the liveli­hood of our peo­ple, dic­ta­to­rial to sci­en­tists and which have de­stroyed the re­source.

Now the is­sue at hand with our pro­vin­cial govern­ment and union is a MOU/ra­tion­al­iza­tion process, which is noth­ing more then a ca­pit­u­la­tion of all that has been — and is be­ing — done wrong to our fish­ery by failed fed­eral poli­cies.

Rather, the ra­tio­nal­ity of the mat­ter is that the MOU should be about the truth, which is that there is, in gen­eral , no re­source left and we are giv­ing away to much of what is left to for­eign­ers.

For­eign in­flu­ence on our fish­ery must be con­trolled and elim­i­nated. The real ra­tio­nal­ity of the sit­u­a­tion in our fish­ery is that these truths should be ad­dressed in an MOU and pre­sented by our pro­vin­cial govern­ment to the govern­ment in Ot­tawa. It is the only pos­si­ble way to suc­cess­fully pro­tect and re­store our in­dus­try.

Ac­cep­tance of the present brew­ing MOU process, and it’s phi­los­o­phy, will lead us into a fu­ture fish­ery which will have 10 tonnes of fish to catch, in­stead of 10,000 hun­dred tonnes, chased by 10 boats in­stead of 10,000.

It will even­tu­ally mean 10’s of plant­work­ers in­stead of 10,000, and 10’s of fish­ers in­stead of 10,000; 10 coastal com­mu­ni­ties where once there was 10,000; and 10 grave­yards where our fore­fa­thers are re­spected … leav­ing the other 10,000 to be vis­ited only by the lonely winds.

If we give up the 10,000’s of these things for 10, the story of our great fish­ery and our beau­ti­ful coastal ex­is­tence will be fi­nally told by dreams that have ended, in­stead of sur­viv­ing the nights, and doors that have been closed in­stead of be­ing held ajar in storms! Thank you. Phil Earle Car­bon­ear

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