Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters Questions 2004

Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 13:29:42 -0400 (EDT)
From: Martin Willison
Subject: Re: Candidate survey
To: "Nathalie Paquette, CCPFH-CCPP"

Thankyou for the email. I am the Green Party candidate in Halifax
West. I am also the official advocate for the Green Party of Canada
on matters relating to fisheries and oceans. My response can
therefore be taken as the Green Party's response. Please note,
however, that individual candidates are free to respond
differently. We're a party that respects differences.

Question 1. Strengthening the owner-operator and fleet-separation

YES - The Green Party is opposed to the growing corporatization of
the inshore fishery and is concerned about the loss of livelihoods
and traditional coastal relationships that the recent situation of
"trust relationships" has created.

Question 2.

YES - as the Shadow Cabinet representative for oceans
and fisheries, I speak for the Green Party on this matter.

Question 3. YES - I am a strong believer in the value of small
independent enterprises.

Question 4, Part a. YES - this is a sensible initiative. Independent fishing, farming, and small business are all comparable.

Question 4, Part b. Don't Know. This is not just an issue for fishing but is similar for other economic sectors, including family farms. This is therefore a larger policy issue and would need discussion among my caucus and Cabinet colleagues. The Green Party seeks to alter fisheries management to make it more community-based and more ecosystem-based tha now. As a result, we might be able to make it easier for young people to stay in the fishery by implementing other policies than easier loans. Large loans often lead to serious problems for small businesses in resource industries such as fishing and farming.

"Nathalie Paquette, CCPFH-CCPP" <fish@ccpfh-ccpp.org> wrote: