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e-3862 (Fisheries)

E-petition
Initiated by Ronald Cleary from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Non-core commercial groundfish licences represent a lifetime investment by the holders of those licenses who are electors in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (N.L.);
  • Non-core groundfish licence holders cannot divest, transfer or integrate their non-core lifetime investment into a family succession plan;
  • Non-core licence holders are deemed to have a fundamental retirement entitlement based on their occupational lifetime investment;
  • Non-core licences become null and void at the expiration of its holders in the province of N.L.;
  • On Dec. 22, 2021, the Honourable Madam Justice Heneghan of the Federal Court set aside a decision by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to reject a request by a Nova Scotia fisherman to transfer his Category B lobster licence, and the matter be returned to the Minister for redetermination; and
  • A non-core groundfish license in N.L. is the same as a Category B lobster licence in the Maritimes in that it cannot be sold or transferred.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada and electors of the province of N.L., call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to change the status of non-core commercial groundfish licences in N.L. so that they can be divested in a manner determined by the enterprise licence holder, similar to those of core commercial fishing licenses.
Open for signature
March 2, 2022, at 12:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 30, 2022, at 12:31 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Clifford Small (Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame)
October 20, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00768)
Photo - Clifford Small
Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame
Conservative Caucus
Newfoundland and Labrador
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