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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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Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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