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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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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.

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CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.

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Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.

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Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.

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Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.

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House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.

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Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

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Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.

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Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

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Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

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Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

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Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

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RX&D Lobbyist Sarah Douglas and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello and Bea Vongdouangchanh.

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