Judy Foote, Opposition Critic for Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
and MHA for the District of Grand Bank, is disappointed but not surprised
that government defeated her private memberís motion calling for a full
public inquiry into the operations of Fishery Products International (FPI).
"Government has missed yet another opportunity to hold FPI accountable,"
says Foote. "We are looking for answers here on behalf of the people of
Newfoundland and Labrador and government still refuses to bring this company
to task for its total disregard of its obligation to this province and its
"It is clear that the spirit and intent of the FPI Act has been brazenly
broken. The minister stated categorically that FPI has shipped valuable fish
resources out of this province without government authorization. He also
said this company has been selective about the information it has given to
government about its operations. Fish plants are closing, affecting both
peopleís incomes and their lives. Now we learn that the company has
undertaken a major restructuring of its American assets which, according to
the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the government knew nothing
"What else needs to happen that would, in the governmentís view, warrant
an independent review of this company? It is truly questionable whose
interest this government is protecting."
Foote was also disappointed that Clyde Jackman, MHA for Burin-Placentia
West and Minister of Environment and Labour, voted not to support the
"He was given a second opportunity to stand up for his constituents, many
of whom are forced to leave the province because of the actions of FPI and
the inaction of the provincial government. Again, he has failed his
constituents, and in doing so, failed the people and the communities of the
entire Burin Peninsula. "