Don’t sell off our fish­ery

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

I hope I’m not too late, but what is the sta­tus of the Royal Green­land com­pany’s plan to seem­ingly take over the New­found­land fish­ery?

If it is still un­der dis­cus­sion, then I am prob­a­bly the least qual­i­fied per­son to be en­ter­ing this fray, but from read­ing things from much bet­ter in­formed in­di­vid­u­als such as Father Ed Bro­phy, Gus Etchegary and oth­ers, it seems that New­found­lan­ders are about to lose con­trol of their fish­ery to Royal Green­land, a for­eign com­pany. This can­not be al­lowed.

Why is this is­sue not in the news ev­ery day? Why is it not fea­tured on CBC’s “Broad­cast” reg­u­larly? Why are there not protests on the steps of Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing and Ottawa by both fish­er­men and fel­low New­found­lan­ders?

I am a come-from-away, but I do know that New­found­land’s very ex­is­tence was due to the fish­ery, and it is re­viv­ing.

It can­not be al­lowed to be con­trolled by for­eign­ers. They’re not even Cana­di­ans.

Hope­fully there is no hid­den in­cen­tive for the pro­vin­cial govern­ment to give ap­proval for this, be­cause of some dol­lar trans­fer from Royal Green­land - a temp­ta­tion that must be re­sisted, even in th­ese dif­fi­cult times.

Time to “rise up,” New­found­lan­ders.

Alun Davies writes from Outer Cove

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