QUEEN’S PARK – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli took aim at the Wynne government’s hypocritical stance on walleye restocking in Lake Nipissing in a Members’ Statement this afternoon in the Ontario Legislature, and demanded that stakeholders be allowed to continue to pursue restocking efforts.
The text of Fedeli’s statement is as follows:
Speaker, this week, the Lake Nipissing Stakeholders wrote directly to the Premier out of desperation and frustration. They’re at a loss to understand how the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry turned down their request to continue to restock Lake Nipissing as they’ve done for years to reverse decline of the walleye population.
The Ministry is entrenched in its position on Lake Nipissing, yet on its website, they boast the fact that they help stock 1,200 other water bodies in Ontario each and every year. The refusal to allow the stakeholders – at their own expense – to augment stocking efforts proves that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing at the Ministry.
Lake Nipissing is one of the most ecologically and economically important lakes in Northeastern Ontario. But instead of working with partners to find solutions, the Ministry just digs in its heels.
The stakeholders’ petition is now available for constituents to sign in my office and on my website. The Premier needs to act and the Minister needs to start asking his staff some hard questions. They should allow the stakeholders to continue to restock, again at their own expense as they always have, while submitting the Ministry’s data and conclusions for a third-party scientific review to explain how it’s acceptable to stock 1,200 other Ontario water bodies, but not Lake Nipissing. Thank you.
Video of Fedeli’s statement can be found online here: http://youtu.be/5tLVSdXB3Q0
Video of Fedeli reading the petition can be found online here: http://youtu.be/iPG5Os6IWsk
A copy of the petition can be found online here: http://www.fedeli.com/media/mpp/2015/LNSA_petition.pdf