We are understandably preoccupied with COVID-19 these days, but there are other things going on, including the dispute over the fishery in Nova Scotia. Here’s the concluding paragraph of Roman’s prepared statement for his recent presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
Today, 21 years after the Donald Marshall decision, Canada has no judicial support for non-compliant lobster fishing. If this Committee wants to recommend authorizing the Mi’kmaq to fish for lobsters out of season, recommend a new law to do that. Be honest: don’t hide behind the Marshall myth to pretend that the law is what it is not. That would be fake law, and inconsistent with a policy of transparency and accountability.
Pretending the law is what it is not doesn’t just absolve politicians of responsibility: It also fosters a sense of grievance among members of First Nations who believe that their treaty rights are being disregarded.