Harrison Up In Arms Over New Rules For Guides

Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 13:24



Northern Saskatchewan’s Member of Parliament is speaking out against some proposed legislation which he worries will have an adverse effect on outfitters in the North.


Jeremy Harrison is upset the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will soon request outfitters and their guides to have captain’s licences to operate their boats, even ones as small as canoes.


As well, the government will demand that motors be registered along with the boats, and radios will have to be installed in these vessels.


Harrison blasted the government over the issue during yesterday’s question period in the House of Commons, referring to the new regulations as the “Liberals’ canoe registry”.


He says northern operators stand to lose a lot of cash if the government plan goes through.


Harrison plans to send a letter to the DFO outlining his concerns.


He says the government simply has to be made aware of the damage the changes could do.