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Letter to Minister Jordan - September 21, 2020

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September 21, 2020

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard
Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
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Dear Minister Jordan,

On behalf of the Council of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, I am writing regarding the extremely volatile and dangerous situation that continues to unfold in St. Mary's Bay, Nova Scotia. Quite frankly, if the Federal Government does not take immediate action, I fear what the potential outcome may be.

The Municipality supports the right of all fishers to be able to fish, but while in season. As you are well aware, the lobster industry has and continues to provide a significant livelihood for many in Southwest Nova Scotia and other parts of the Province. It is the backbone of our economy and has direct and indirect social, financial, and cultural impacts on our community. We are asking the Federal Government to meet with those involved to come to a resolution, one that must be enforced by government that protects everyone's rights, both today and into the future, and will lead to the conservation of the stock, sustainability of the industry and viability of rural Nova Scotia.

Without your intervention, this industry will face certain decimation. We ask that you take immediate steps to protect this vital industry today and for generations to come. Time is of the essence for the safety of our fishers, residents, community, and the lobster industry.

Yours Truly, 

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Penny Smith

cc. via email:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Hon. Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
Hon. Bill Blair-Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Response Hon. Keith Colwell - Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture
MLA Kim Masland -Queens - Shelburne
Warden Eddie Nickerson - Municipality of Barrington
Mayor Leigh Stoddard -Town of Clark's Harbour
Mayor Karen Mattatall -Town of Shelburne
Mayor George Harding -Town of Lockeport
Warden Jimmy McAlpine - Municipality of Digby
Mayor Ben Cleveland -Town of Digby
Warden Ronnie Le Blanc - Municipality of Clare
Deputy Warden John Cunningham - Municipality of Yarmouth
Mayor Pam Mood - Town of Yarmouth
Warden Danny Muise - Municipality of Argyle

Letter to Minister Jordan - September 21, 2020