October 6, 2008


Canada's conservatives promises US$7 million to sea farming if re-elected 



A re-elected Conservative Government would commit to a US$7 million investment over the next three years to develop Quebec's sea farming industry.


The Honourable Christian Paradis, Conservative Party candidate in Mégantic-L'Érable, said the investment will leverage the economic development of Quebec's coastal regions, which are currently facing a decline in fishing activity.  Part of this investment will also contribute to innovation.


Minister Paradis indicated that sea farming and aquaculture could create viable, year-round employment for over 47,000 people in coastal, rural and Aboriginal communities. The Conservative Party wants to ensure the Quebec's regions will be able to make the most of this opportunity by giving them the boost they need.


Mr. Gray said unlike the opposition, the Bloc, the Conservative Party has a plan to enable Quebec's regions to fully develop their potential. What's more, the Conservatives will have the power to keep their commitment to these investments in Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Côte-Nord.


The people of these areas will be voting on Tuesday, 14 October 2008.

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