The recommendations in the “The Big Reset” are a regression.
The fishery recommendations from “The Big Reset” must not be implemented by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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We face a crisis of corporate concentration in the fishery that keeps prices down and inhibits competition for raw material. The only glimmer of hope in this system is that new licenses can now be issued. The people of our province, the provincial government, and the federal government all support a community-based inshore fishery.
The fishery is the economic bedrock of rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Fish harvesters are the new middle class of rural NL and contribute a hundreds of millions of dollars each year to their local and regional economies. Unlike the assertion from Task Force, harvesters are focused on fishing for value for years to come and any rudimentary assessment of the inshore fishery would have shown that to be the case.
There is no mention here of landed value increases – between 2013 and 2019 landed value increased by $140 million – or of how strong the fishery performed during the pandemic and how strong it will be this year when landed values should reach record levels.
We call on the Furey government to immediately dismiss the fishery portion of this report.
Additionally, austerity measures like spending cuts and privatization are makeshift solutions in the short term that threaten our long-term fiscal stability. If the government gives corporations control over a public service or projects, the mandate becomes seeking ways to cut costs and profits for shareholders – not ensuring high-quality accessible services. Instead, profit will be extracted by cutting the quality or availability of services provided, or by cutting jobs and wages. All of which negatively impact the people of this province.
Our strong public services matter. Our rural communities matter.