Statement from MP Nathan Cullen on situation at Canfisco plant in Prince Rupert

OTTAWA - Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, issued the following statement regarding the situation at the Canadian Fish Company (Canfisco):

It was with extreme disappointment that I learned about the Canadian Fish Company's intention to shutter its canning operations in Prince Rupert. Hundreds of jobs in the cannery appear to be in jeopardy and the ripple effect of these job losses on the city are of profound concern to myself and the entire community.

I have already begun reviewing legislative and regulatory options for addressing systemic issues with the way fisheries are governed in British Columbia and on the North Coast. And over the coming days, I will be reaching out to Canfisco, the UFAWU, as well as the federal fisheries minister.

During the recent federal campaign, I pledged to work to strengthen North Coast fisheries and that is what I intend to do.

In the immediate term, I am calling on Canfisco to put forward concrete steps to help cannery workers who will lose their jobs. I will also be working with the UFAWU to bring the concerns of Canfisco workers directly to the fisheries minister.

In the long term, I am committed to examining ways through which fishermen and fishing communities can exert greater control over this critical public resource.