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Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Davis Concerned Premier Ball’s Lack of Understanding of CETA

 

May Jeopardize NL’s Fisheries Interests

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Opposition, is concerned Premier Ball may jeopardize Newfoundland and Labrador’s fisheries interests for his lack of a clear understanding of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

 

Davis said, “Premier Ball continues to state falsely, as he did in opposition, that Newfoundland and Labrador did not have an agreement with Ottawa for a fisheries investment fund. While he either does not understand or will not admit it, the provincial government demanded a fisheries investment fund as a condition of relinquishing our constitutional right to impose Minimum Processing Requirements (MPRs) for fish landed in Newfoundland and Labrador. If the Ball government signs away those rights without obtaining the compensatory benefits we negotiated, then the opportunity will be forever lost and Newfoundland and Labrador will suffer profoundly.”

 

“It has always shocked me that, instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our government – and indeed with the federal Liberal and NDP parties – in demanding that Ottawa honour its agreement to compensate our province for MPRs with a fisheries investment fund as a condition of our participation in CETA, Mr. Ball has consistently opposed the federal-provincial negotiated agreement. Those MPRs are worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Newfoundland and Labrador, and signing them away for nothing would be unforgivable.

 

“Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised to honour the commitments the Harper government made to Newfoundland and Labrador to finance a fisheries investment fund that provides for investment to modernize plants, not just to compensate for demonstrated losses. Premier Ball seems to be satisfied with the fact that we have representation in Ottawa and that talks are ongoing. The Premier should be demanding that the Prime Minister honour that agreement as a condition of our support for CETA, but instead, he continues to pretend there was no agreement to be honoured. His position is deeply troubling, and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians should be worried about the opportunities they may lose because their Premier doesn’t appear to understand what he’s doing.”

 

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Media Contact:

 

Heather MacLean,

 

Director of Communications,

 

Office of the Official Opposition,

 

(709) 729 6105,

 

heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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