The port of Grande-Entrée welcomes more than a third of the 325 lobster boats on the Magdalen Islands. (Archives)
The mayor of the Magdalen Islands, Jonathan Lapierre, and the provincial deputy, Joël Arseneau, claim to have questioned the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, about pay that the processor LA Renaissance would not have given to 67 lobster fishermen. business with the lobster fishermen amounts to a minimum of $3.7 million for their last two weeks of fishing.
LA Renaissance has two processing plants in the archipelago, in Gros-Cap and Grande-Entrée. It processes and markets various products, including lobster, snow crab and scallops.
The Mayor of the Magdalen Islands says he had a telephone meeting with Minister Lamontagne on Tuesday afternoon.
He is aware of the case and our concerns. We both keep an open channel of communication, said Mayor Lapierre after this meeting.
The deputy and the mayor of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine questioned the minister Quebecois des Pêcheries, André Lamontagne, so that he takes action to resolve the situation. (Archives)
According to Jonathan Lapierre, the MAPAQ could take certain actions in order to resolve the problem, if these are requested by the company.
< p class="e-p">Mr. Lapierre mentions having already challenged the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon, concerning the difficulties of the company.
We must challenge and, at the very least, notify the government authorities of this situation so that we can ensure that every effort will be made to support the #x27;company and ensure that the fishermen and the various suppliers will be paid, but also to reassure the workers, continues Mayor Lapierre.
He asks LA Renaissance to present a recovery plan to ensure the sustainability of the company.
The mayor of the municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Jonathan Lapierre, said he spoke to Minister Lamontagne on Tuesday afternoon. (Archives)
For his part, the deputy of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, indicates that he sent a letter to Minister Lamontagne about the lobster boats. According to the MP, the minister has the authority to demand answers from the company.
In this letter, the MP asks the Minister to act quickly, to get to the bottom of things and to take concrete action to ensure that this situation does not continue.
He considers that the minister can inquire about the situation and support the company or, at least, offer its support and check whether the problem can be resolved in the short term.
I think the situation is worrying. It is fundamental, for the fishing industry in the Islands, that the fishermen receive their remuneration for their catches and that the whole of the value chain can obtain the money which is due to it, he argues.
Joël Arseneau also points out that, in his view, it will be necessary to quickly revise the system of protection of fishermen against buyers accredited by the Minister.
The MP for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, wants lobster fishermen to be better protected. (Archives)
At the time of publishing these lines, the MAPAQ had still not responded to our request for information about the situation prevailing at the x27;LA Renaissance company.
The company's CEO had still not responded to our interview request.
With information from Isabelle Larose