Mike Redmond, Leader of the New Democratic Party of PEI, is demanding that the provincial government recall the Legislative Assembly to deal with the current crisis of prices offered fishers in the lobster industry. “With the imposition of the HST and the poorly planned changes to rural health care, the government appears to think the business of the people is over for the session after sitting for only 24 days.
Ridiculously low wharf prices for Island lobster affect all of rural PEI,” Redmond said. “Nothing is more important right now than solving the crisis in this very important fishery.” The NDP PEI proposes that the Legislature reconvene and authorize the immediate creation of a legislative committee with the power of subpoena to bring all parties to the table for five days starting Wednesday May 15th.
Fishers, buyers, and representatives of plant workers should be called together to solve the low wharf price problem that has been plaguing the entire industry for years and has now reached crisis proportions. “The provincial government can’t just shrug its shoulders and do nothing,” said the NDP PEI Leader.
Under PEI’s Fisheries Act, the Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development has the powers to encourage the maintenance and development of the resources of the fishery. These powers include actions relating to fish buying and processing if he or she considers it in the public interest to do so. “Government cannot simply stand by and watch when the livelihood of so many is at stake.
The current government has imposed changes that negatively affect rural Islanders. Now it is time that the government and all political parties in the Legislature stand up for rural PEI. Recall the Legislature and do it now!” concluded Redmond.
Leader, NDP PEI