Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

February 01, 2012 16:00 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Joint Statement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2012) -

Dear Colleagues:

On February 2nd, 2012, all Members of Parliament in the House of Commons will have an opportunity to support Canada's northern and coastal communities.

Sealing is an important economic and cultural driver in Canada's eastern, arctic and northern communities. It is a long-standing and integral part of Canada's rural culture and a way of life for thousands of Canadians.

As a sign of support for the individuals who rely on the sustainable seal harvest in Canada, we are asking all Members of Parliament to show their support by wearing a seal fur lapel pin in the House of Commons on February 2nd, 2012. The lapel pins will be made available to Members in their lobbies and are provided by the Nunavut Government and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association.

For more information on Canada's sustainable seal harvest, please visit the website entitled "Seals and Sealing in Canada" at the following URL: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/seal-phoque/index-eng.htm.

While in Ottawa for the Northern Lights 2012 Business and Cultural Showcase, representatives from Canada's North will also discuss the sealing industry with officials and federal representatives. For more information on the Northern Lights 2012 Business and Cultural Showcase being held in Ottawa, please visit www.northernlightsottawa.com. We encourage all Members of Parliament to explore these unique events.

Sincerely,

Minister Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Minister Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs

Minister Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and

Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador

Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-990-7537

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474