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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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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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