The fishing industry calls for a minister delegate to Quebec
The Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine region stands out with three ports (Cap-aux-Meules, Rivière-au-Renard and Sainte -Thérèse-de-Gaspé) where the majority of Quebec landings take place. (archive)
The Quebec Fishing Industry Association (AQIP) sent a letter to Premier François Legault asking for the appointment of a Minister Delegate for Fisheries at the next Council of Ministers.
With Gaspé candidates elected to power, the fisheries sector wishes to be better represented in the government.
We think that if we had a Minister Delegate for Fisheries, that would benefit us because we need support in all our activities , explains AQIP Director General Jean-Paul Gagné.
Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) manages the fisheries sector in Quebec.
This is not a disavowal of what has been done before or of the person who was in place, specifies Mr. Gagné. We simply want to be closer to our ministry and we want it to take the time to listen to us or receive us if necessary.
“The MAPAQ is big and we think it can be shared. This is why we are asking for a Minister Delegate for Fisheries.
— Jean-Paul Gagné, Director General of the Quebec Association of the Fishing Industry
We have relations with the Régie des marchés financiers and with the Offices and Fishermen's Associations, and we think that all these things should be harmonized more, he continues.
Mr. Gagné is hopeful of being heard. Prime Minister François Legault will also unveil his new Council of Ministers on October 20.