The N.L. cod fish­ery is worth the ef­fort

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial -

On June 15-16, I at­tended the Lib­eral Con­ven­tion in Gan­der at a cost of $600 (of my own money).

The pur­pose was to present a call for in­quiry into what caused the col­lapse in our cod fish­ery in 1990 and to hope­fully plan a way to re­build it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

I did get a chance to present it to both the fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Ot­tawa and also to the pro­vin­cial MHA’s.

Need­less to say I did not get much of a re­sponse.

On Sun­day, the day af­ter, I at­tended the funeral of Don­ald Ride­out in Vir­gin Arm. This was a man who got his en­tire liv­ing from the sea, de­spite be­ing re­set­tled un­der the Joey Small­wood gov­ern­ment, a gov­ern­ment that paid very lit­tle at­ten­tion to our rea­son for be­ing here, the same as the present Lib­eral gov­ern­ment here in N.L. and Ot­tawa.

Not only did Don­ald Ride­out make his liv­ing from the sea but three of his sons — plus their wives — also fol­lowed in their fa­ther’s foot­steps.

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