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PC leadership candidate Tony Wakeham launches surf clam petition, visiting Burin Peninsula

PC leadership candidate Tony Wakeham is visiting the Burin Peninsula this week.
PC leadership candidate Tony Wakeham is visiting the Burin Peninsula this week.

Tony Wakeham, a leadership candidate for the provincial Progressive Conservatives, is holding three town hall meetings on the Burin Peninsula this week.

Wakeham has a meeting scheduled for the 50+ Club in Grand Bank this evening, March 6, from 7-9 p.m.

He has two more tomorrow – one from 2-4 p.m. at the 50+ Club in St. Lawrence and another at the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

In a news release announcing his visit to the region, Wakeham said he has launched a petition calling for the immediate reversal of the federal government’s recent decision to re-allocate 25 per cent of the Arctic surf clam quota from Clearwater Seafoods Ltd. to another group.

Clearwater’s main processing facility for the species is located in Grand Bank.

“The people of the province should not have to sit idly by and watch as their jobs are slashed and their local economies are thrown into turmoil because of a decision by the Liberal government to confiscate the surf clam quota,” he said.

“I look forward to meeting with the residents and being afforded the opportunity to discuss all matters that are important to the people of this region.”

The online petition can be found at http://chn.ge/2Ffd9CM.

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