Bezan gets tough with DFO

MP for Selkirik-Interlake sends letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans backing Traverse Bay boat launch

By Don Norman

Ever since 2010, when the “weather bomb” blasted the coastline of the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg, Traverse Bay has been without a boat launch. The previous boat launch had been destroyed during the storm and the land it was on reverted to a local Metis organization, who had previously owned it.
Another location was selected down the road and environmental licences were applied for, but the RM is having a tough time getting any action on the file from the federal government, so Bezan stepped in to champion their cause.

Selkirk-Interlake MP, James Bezan sends strongly worded letter to the DFO.
Credit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services © HOC-CDC, 2017

The most recent road block comes long delays in their Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Act Licence that was submitted in November 2017.

Bezan’s letter points out that the RM received a Environmental Assessment licence from the Province of Manitoba as well as Transport Canada and that the DFO is the last hold out to receive their final approval. The letter concludes with, “I am requesting expedient processing of DFO Fisheries Act License for the RM of Alexander. If DFO cannot issue the license immediately, please provide me with an explanation for why this process has dragged on for so long.”

At the RM of Alexander Regular Meeting on January 28, Council reviewed the letter and were very pleased by it’s content. They were hopeful they would soon see some action on the file. “It’s a very good letter,” said Ward 2 councillor, Ken Danwich

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article had stated that the land the old boat launch was on reverted Manitoba Metis Federation ownership. The group that received the land was not in fact affiliated with the MMF.

2 thoughts on “Bezan gets tough with DFO”

    1. Thanks – I wrote the article and I had misunderstood what was said in the meeting or someone in the meeting may have mistakenly said MMF. But thanks for pointing it out. I’ll correct it.

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