A series of missteps have landed BC’s Agriculture Minister, Lana Popham in hot water after she penned a letter to Marine Harvest Canada admonishing the company for restocking a salmon farm that’s been occupied by anti-salmon farm activists since August.
Popham also hinted that she may be revoking the company's permits and evicting them all together further stating: "Whatever operational decisions you should choose to make, the Province retains all of its rights under the current tenure agreements, including potentially the requirement that you return possession of tenured sites at the end of the current terms."
The provincial government's permits expire in June 2018. This letter reads a lot like an eviction notice, and that was just the tip of the iceberg with Popham.
Watch as I share some background along with a conflict of interest allegation Popham made against scientist Dr. Gary Marty, which resulted in activists and First Nations filing a complaint attempting to get him fired, and Premier Horgan stepping in.
Dr. Marty handled the kerfuffle with class, but the question remains— why is the cabinet minister whose job it is to responsibly oversee this, industry acting like she's an activist campaigning against the industry?
How can an NDP cabinet minister claim there is a conflict of interest at a laboratory when she clearly faces her own in the apparent chumminess with protesters while sending threatening letters to industry partners?
It’s no wonder Premier Horgan took this file on.