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Andrew Parsons’ interference into Fisheries Science is “disturbing”: Pardy
Pardy says the recent news of Minister Andrew Parson’s political interference in fisheries science is disturbing to all the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who rely on the fishery as their way of life.
Monday, January 24, 2022

(January 24, 2022) – Craig Pardy, PC Shadow Minister of Fisheries and MHA for Bonavista, says the recent news of Minister Andrew Parson’s political interference in fisheries science is disturbing to all the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who rely on the fishery as their way of life.

Just this morning, the CBC reported Minister Andrew Parsons “lobbied DFO to change or withhold the publication of its science advice.” When Minister Parsons, was contacted by the media for comment, he declined. Pardy says it’s a demonstration of total disrespect to all those who rely on the fishery as their way of life.

“The blatant disregard by Minister Parsons for Atlantic fisheries science and the fact that a report was leaked to Minister Parsons alone is concerning. This important fisheries research is required to ensure we have a viable and successful fishery for many years to come, and to have political interference on this science is disrespectful and plain out wrong,” said Pardy.

“Does Minister Bragg agree with Minister Parsons’ actions? Was he aware of this interference by his cabinet colleague? Does Premier Furey endorse the suppression of science?”

Pardy says political interference is detrimental to the progression of fisheries science and could impact the potential rebuild of the 3PS cod stock.

Both the provincial and federal Liberal governments are beginning their seventh year in office and these issues are not new. Today’s political interference is just another example of the Liberal government taking Newfoundland and Labrador fishers for granted.

“Science does not have a political agenda. Minister Parsons should account for his actions and explain to those who rely on our proud fishery why he believes his political agenda is more important than the work of fisheries scientists,” says Pardy.

“If the Minister again declines to explain himself, then it’s incumbent on the Premier to step in and ensure accountability. What other science does this government believe is against its own political agenda? Does Premier Furey believe it’s acceptable for his Ministers to interfere with science?”
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