"If this is rejected and OCI pulls out,
they might not only pull out of Marystown
but Fortune as well,"
Dec 17, 2011
He vindictively cut funding to the FFAW. Back in February, Provincial Fisheries Minister Darin "Tito" King suspended all provincial funds that were being provided to the FFAW. The money was not core operational money, but money that was used to lever funds for fishery science, of all things.
The announcement came as retaliation against the union for its vocal criticism of the minister and the former minister, Clyde Jackman, only days after a rally in Marystown where both politicians reputations were savaged.
The relationship between the province and the province's major fisheries union was as rotten as a piece of bait in the sun. It stank! The FFAW extended an olive branch but the minister flung it back at them. He flat out refused to meet with them. That bridge was burned!
At the time I wondered, What are the possible implications of King's approach for other agencies, not-for-profits, companies and the like that do not tow the PARTY LINE? I wondered what the repercussions of having an opinion that does not jive with the PARTY LINE might mean for a lowly public servant like myself? It was a scary day in the realities of politics in what is fast becoming a banana republic.
Today Darin King met with members of the FFAW in Fortune. As predicted when the OCI "export offer" was rejected, the processor is rumored to be skipping town to process yellowtail flounder at a non-union plants on the south-west coast. (Codroy and Burnt Island)
VOCM is reporting that King told the FFAW that OCI has the right "to process yellowtail flounder at any processing plant in the province, however he says that's not something he would like to see"
It is something he would not like to see. Did he remind the gathering of his constituents that his party killed the socio/economically minded Fisheries Product International that put people before windfall profits? Did re remind them that this government has lost control of the fisheries agenda? Did he suggest any hope for the future of these towns? His message might as well have been suck it up butter cup, welcome to reality? There is nothing at all I can do for you. We let the horse out of the barn and it is not coming back.
The government has been under fire from just about every sector and player in the fishery for the past five years, they really are on their own. Small ground fish producers, big players and inshore fisherman have all been critical of the province's failure to show leadership and buoy the industry in challenging times.
This is the same crowd that has washed it's hands of being part of the solution when it ditched the Clift MOU two years ago. It threw the ball back into the court of the union and the processors. It abdicated it's leadership role after promising to be part of the solution.
It is interesting that the cold war with the FFAW ends when the plant at stake is Fortune. Whose provincial district is that again?
Back than King told CBC News "you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem. And I see the FFAW right now as part of the problem.”, I wonder what people in Fortune think of that comment today?