Emergency Debate on N.S. Lobster Fishery Dispute – October 19, 2020

House of Commons Proceedings

Emergency Debate on N.S. Lobster Fishery Dispute – October 19, 2020

In the House of Commons, members of Parliament take part in an emergency debate concerning recent incidents of violence and vandalism directed at Mi’kmaw lobster fishers in Nova Scotia. The incidents come amid an ongoing disagreement between the Sipekne’katik First Nation and non-Indigenous commercial fishers over the right of the Mi’kmaq to maintain a “moderate livelihood” fishery outside of the commercial season. The debate in the House was approved by Speaker Anthony Rota following requests from NDP fisheries critic Gord Johns and from cabinet ministers Carolyn Bennett (Crown-Indigenous relations), Bill Blair (public safety and emergency preparedness), Bernadette Jordan (fisheries, oceans, and Canadian Coast Guard), and Marc Miller (Indigenous services).