Aqua­cul­ture crash course

Lib­eral hope­ful meets with Grieg NL of­fi­cials to dis­cuss aqua­cul­ture project

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

MARYS­TOWN, NL – Pete Soucy, who is run­ning for the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion for Bur­inBon­av­ista-Trin­ity, met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Grieg NL Thurs­day to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the project and the type of equip­ment that will be used at the Burin Penin­sula op­er­a­tion.

“I just spent the full morn­ing with the Grieg peo­ple,” Soucy told the South­ern Gazette Oct. 5.

Dur­ing his meet­ing, Soucy asked a va­ri­ety of ques­tions about the op­er­a­tions and the process used in sal­mon farm­ing,

“I want to know ex­actly what the dif­fer­ent was in terms of their tech­nol­ogy – not only the cages, but the hatch­ery, the fact that they’re rais­ing the sal­mon to a much larger size be­fore it goes in the ocean.”

Soucy’s other con­cerns in­cluded plans for waste man­age­ment and the em­ploy­ment po­ten­tial of the project.

“I asked every ques­tion that I had down, and they an­swered every one. I got a full ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the rig­or­ous as­sess­ment they have al­ready gone through, and I think the project is mov­ing for­ward.

“The re­gion needs it, and I would (make) a poor mem­ber of par­lia­ment if I didn’t re­flect and rep­re­sent the needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of my con­stituents.”

Soucy felt there may have been some mis­con­cep­tion on where he stood on the is­sue of aqua­cul­ture in the province.

“As a ra­dio host I was al­ways devil’s ad­vo­cate,” he ex­plained. “I’d stir things up as I was in­structed to do, to cre­ate some con­flict on the show and make it more in­ter­est­ing … so I said lots of things about all kinds of stuff.”

When it comes to the topic of aqua­cul­ture, “gen­er­ally my in­ter­est is as most peo­ples’ – it has to be done right, so that we don’t re­gret any­thing we do,” he said.

“As long as we’re us­ing due dili­gence, us­ing state-of-theart tech­nol­ogy—learn­ing from the past, it can be done. It’s an in­dus­try of the fu­ture and I cer­tainly hope it hap­pens here.”

Soucy told the South­ern Gazette this is not his first time step­ping into the po­lit­i­cal arena. “I ran in ‘99 for the Lib­er­als provin­cially against Jack Har­ris – I came close and cer­tainly en­joyed that whole process. When I heard that Judy (Foote) was not only step­ping down from cabi­net but ac­tu­ally leav­ing pol­i­tics, it struck me right away that it is an op­por­tu­nity I could look at.”

Soucy said he is very fa­mil­iar with the rid­ing, hav­ing taught in Clarenville for a num­ber of years, as well as spend­ing a good bit of time on the Burin Penin­sula vis­it­ing his wife’s fam­ily, who re­side in Marys­town.

“Through the ra­dio show I’ve talked about so many is­sues with so many peo­ple in the rid­ing I feel like I have a good grasp of the con­cerns here, as much or more as most peo­ple liv­ing in any one part of it.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/ THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Pete Soucy was on the Burin Penin­sula last week vis­it­ing com­mu­ni­ties around the re­gion. Dur­ing his time in the area he met with var­i­ous groups and busi­nesses.

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