This political solidarity is to challenge the ongoing insensitivity shown this province. I understand the initial intent is to approach Ottawa in an attempt to discuss the inshore shrimp quota cuts. In so doing, to present actual facts to convince Members of Parliament to revisit their quota cut decision. Also, to inform them about the reality of the negative impact this is having in our rural communities. We know how serious it is, but I’m not so sure that the Federal Government does, or even has the political will to acknowledge it. It’s so discouraging when our MPs form whom we expect fairness and equality, choose instead to exercise the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then that we feel quiet certain that this province seldom appears on the Federal Government’s fair sharing radar.
Other that the ongoing fishery issues, there seems to be a litany of decisions orchestrated by the Feds which have created adverse circumstances in this province. Just a few that comes to mind are, search and rescue, statistics Canada, postal services, human resources and skills development (ACOA). No doubt there are many others and most likely, equally as disconcerting. Though there are separate functional entities, yet individually and/or collectively, the cuts result in the loss of jobs and services. Its been said that federal governments presences is quietly diminishing in this part of the United Canada. Whatever happened to the expression from coast to coast to coast in Canada?
It’s been noted by some that when hardships reach the crisis stage, there may be somewhat of a positive response, which at that point, borders on damage control. Well, I say to those who can make a difference, in some areas there is already a crisis, and damage control measures alone, are already too late.
For some time now, there has been little doubt that the odds are stacked against us to expect anything different. Therefore, it might be prudent to expand the committee’s structure by including representatives from other sources such as the business community, industry interest groups and municipal leaders. Also, I feel its essential that all residents of the province, both rural and urban, should support the committee through their MHAs by letter, verbally and/or social media, as an expression of urgent concerns for our future. This will enhance the all-encompassing resolve to achieve more equitable treatment from Ottawa. You see, it’s not that they are not listening, but if they don’t give others the opportunity to have dialogue with them, there will never be anything to hear. Indiscriminate decisions without appropriate consultation with all stakeholders will never be fair and reasonable; neither should they be considered acceptable.
Federal MPs, I respectfully call upon you to provide our non-partisan committee an open forum of communications, so that together, a more mutual benefit approach can be taken. In that collaborate effort, all participants can contribute toward an informed decision process. Because we are Canadians too, we are only asking to be included in the front line discussions to assist you in bringing about equality and fairness to this province. Surely, that not too much to ask, is it?