To the editor,
Enjoying a meal of lobster is popular in most Pictou County homes and having worked many a ‘settin’ and ‘haulin’ day I personally savour the taste that much more.
Fishemen work hard to bring this delicacy ashore. Unfortunately the price fishermen receive for their catch is a way down. Buyers set the price days and weeks after they have already wheeled away with the catch. In that regard fishermen are getting shafted on pricing.
The NDP championed an Atlantic advisory group to look at ways to better market lobster but I am concerned there was not one fisherman asked to participate on the panel. The advisory group needs community-based fishermen who know the business. Decisions will then be made that everyone can stand behind and work to ensure a fair price is received for the product.
This is just another example of how the NDP has forced many of our rural communities into recession and created unemployment. The fishery creates good local jobs and we have to keep it viable.
I will work with them to try to make sure that they secure fair pricing for the lobster catch. Good representation comes from understanding the concerns of the people and working with them to find solutions.
It is all well and good to be there on ‘setting’ day for that all-important photo opportunity but an MLA must also be prepared to work with his constituents when a crisis develops. I will be there because I won’t just say that I am the strong voice of Pictou East in Halifax, I will actually be a strong voice.
PC candidate, Pictou East