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Fisheries minister’s discretionary authority over ocean resources expands with C-38

Leading marine expert says the reforms give Cabinet, Minister greater authority with less oversight.

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Minister’s power: Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, pictured last week with Alberta Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell. Jeffrey Hutchings, a professor of marine ecology at Dalhousie, said the revisions to the Fisheries Act will allow Cabinet to make decisions and exercise discretion concerning the Fisheries Act. ‘Given that Cabinet communications are confidential, Canadians will have virtually no ability to examine or understand the reasons behind why discretion was exercised in a particular situation,’ said Prof. Hutchings.

Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield spent his first year on the file promoting regulatory reform, and the changes that he and other members of government have been touting over the past year are set to expand Cabinet’s discretion over ocean resources.

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Fisheries minister’s discretionary authority over ocean resources expands with C-38

Leading marine expert says the reforms give Cabinet, Minister greater authority with less oversight.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Minister’s power: Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, pictured last week with Alberta Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell. Jeffrey Hutchings, a professor of marine ecology at Dalhousie, said the revisions to the Fisheries Act will allow Cabinet to make decisions and exercise discretion concerning the Fisheries Act. ‘Given that Cabinet communications are confidential, Canadians will have virtually no ability to examine or understand the reasons behind why discretion was exercised in a particular situation,’ said Prof. Hutchings.

Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield spent his first year on the file promoting regulatory reform, and the changes that he and other members of government have been touting over the past year are set to expand Cabinet’s discretion over ocean resources.

  
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
World Press Photo 15 exhibit premiere at the Canadian War Museum, July 22 July 24, 2015

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A woman takes in the third prize for contemporary issues single photos by Italian photographer Fulvio Bugani. His series is called 'Waria: Being a Different Muslim.'
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Cees Cole, Netherlands ambassador to Canada.
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Mark O’Neill, president and CEO at the Canadian War and History museums.
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World Press Photo representative Noortje Gorter.
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Photographer Chris Roussakis, Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello, photographer Cynthia Münster and Hill Times online editor Bea Vongdouangchanh.
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The music from these two string musicians flowed through the gallery all evening.
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Jeanine DeVos taking in the exhibit.
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Mark O’Neill, president and CEO at the Canadian War and History museums, with Silvie Morel.
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Cynthia and Yves Bled.

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