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House of Assembly Passes Crosbie Resolution Challenging Ottawa’s Attempt to Undermine Offshore Joint Management
PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie calls on the provincial government to challenge the federal government for passing Bill C-69...
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Office of the Official Opposition 

For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (June 26, 2019) – PC Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie brought a resolution to the House of Assembly on Wednesday afternoon on behalf of the PC Caucus, calling on the provincial government to challenge the federal government for passing Bill C-69, which contains provisions that violate‎ the principle of joint management contained in the 1985 Atlantic Accord‎ and its implementation legislation.

The resolution was passed with the overwhelming support of the PC and Liberal Caucuses and an Independent MHA.

Crosbie’s resolution also called on the province to “take all reasonable measures, including Court challenges where necessary, to safeguard – against conflicting federal legislation – the hard-won joint management rights that Newfoundland and Labrador secured under the 1985 Atlantic Accord and its implementation legislation, and to refuse to enact any provincial law that will erode those rights.”

Crosbie said, “It took a hard fight for Newfoundland and Labrador to win joint management of our offshore oil and gas resources in 1985, and we will not allow any federal government to steal our rights.  If that means challenging their new law before the Courts or if it means replacing the federal government that wrote this law, we must take all reasonable measures to protect our rights to manage and benefit from our offshore oil and gas resources.”

“The Atlantic Accord law takes precedence over the new federal legislation, and our Accord law cannot be amended without Newfoundland and Labrador’s consent, which we must never give.”

Crosbie added, “Ottawa should be extending joint management principles to the fisheries, not trying to erode the joint management rights over oil and gas that we already have.”

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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