Jobs could be at risk

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page -

Twenty-five per cent of the ex­ist­ing 38,000-tonne quota will be will be al­lo­cated to the new en­trant, which must be an Indige­nous en­try based in At­lantic Canada or Que­bec.

Up un­til this point, Nova Sco­tia-based Clear­wa­ter Seafoods has held all three li­censes for Arc­tic surf clams, pro­cess­ing the species at the com­pany’s plant in Grand Bank, lo­cated in the fed­eral rid­ing of Bon­av­ista-Bur­inTrin­ity.

“The proposal as it stands sug­gests that a right can be fash­ioned from a wrong here,” Soucy told the South­ern Gazette in a phone con­ver­sa­tion Oct. 22.

“I don’t think it’s right for Clear­wa­ter and Grand Bank to lose any quota – its (clearly) a suc­cess story, and it’s been hard fought. They’ve in­vested a lot of time and money to make it work and some peo­ple down there yes­ter­day said they were told they might lose 17-weeks’ or so of work next year as a con­se­quence.”

Soucy added while it is an ad­mirable goal to sup­port Indige­nous groups, that sup­port should not come at the ex­pense of oth­ers.

“There are other pro­pos­als – I’m given to un­der­stand that per­haps there is re­source avail­able in other ju­ris­dic­tions that would al­low for a new li­cense with­out com­pro­mis­ing the Clear­wa­ter op­er­a­tion in Grand Bank,” he said.

Soucy said tak­ing hours away from the peo­ple of the town is not the an­swer. “I think what (gov­ern­ment) is try­ing to do it fine and good, but I think it is a bit much to ex­pect it all to come from some­thing that is built and sus­tain­ing a town—a re­gion in a prov­ince that needs the work and has earned the suc­cess.”

SALTWIRE NET­WORK FILE PHOTO

Pete Soucy

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