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Despite outcry federal fisheries minister refuses to reverse decision on surf clam licence –

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2018156 Views

A dispute over the federal government’s decision to award a multimillion-dollar Arctic surf clam fishing licence to a Nova Scotia company continued to fester Wednesday, as Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc responded to complaints from irate Indigenous groups and politicians.

LeBlanc rejected calls to reverse his decision, saying he wasn’t surprised there was discontent among those whose proposals failed to win approval.

“This particular decision was made because we selected a proposal that we think provides the most significant economic benefits to Indigenous people,” he said after making an unrelated announcement at a community centre in the Halifax area.

Last week, the Newfoundland and Labrador government and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs said the company that was awarded the licence, Five Nation Clam Company, did not have any Indigenous partners from Newfoundland and Labrador or Nova Scotia, as the minister claimed when he made the announcement Feb. 21.

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