FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 2018
The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fire MP Dominic LeBlanc from the federal cabinet for breaking conflict of interest rules when he was minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
FORMER DFO MINISTER DOMINIC LEBLANC WAS A GOOD 'FRIEND' OF FFAW-UNIFOR PRESIDENT KEITH SULLIVAN.
Further, Premier Dwight Ball and the province’s seven Members of Parliament should be unanimous in demanding LeBlanc’s immediate dismissal.
“LeBlanc broke conflict of interest rules by awarding a lucrative licence to fish arctic surf clams to a company that was set to be run by his wife’s cousin — a decision that would have seen resource and jobs leave our province,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL.
“LeBlanc’s conflict of interest as Fisheries and Oceans minister amounts to the highest act of treason against our province and people. Not only should the Prime Minister fire him, but the Premier and all seven MPs need to be loud, clear, and unanimous in saying, 'LeBlanc must go.' Anything less would be traitorous to our province.”
In a ruling earlier today, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commission Mario Dion found LeBlanc to be in a conflict of interest in awarding an Arctic surf clam to Five Nations Clam Company. The licence would have directly benefitted Gilles Theriault, the company’s General Manager and the first cousin of LeBlanc’s wife.
Trudeau shuffled his cabinet in June, moving LeBlanc from Fisheries and Oceans and into the Intergovernmental Affairs portfolio.
LeBlanc cancelled the contract to Five Nations Clam Company on July 10th, eight days before being shuffled out of Fisheries and Oceans.