Cue the Outrage


Editorial: Cue the outrage

Mar. 1, 2018

Ah, where would we be without Gerry Byrne, Newfoundland and Labrador’s minister of fisheries and occasional grandstander-in-chief?

Tuesday, the good Mr. Byrne was in high dudgeon, upset that he was not going to be at the table for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ stock assessment meeting on Atlantic salmon.

“DFO acknowledges I am trained academically as a biologist. They acknowledge I have a keen interest in science and in the Atlantic salmon’s status, but yet they deny me as minister a seat at the table,” he told The Telegram.

That came after a series of social media posts, saying things like, “Who exactly is ‘invited’ to attend DFO NL Atlantic salmon advisory table? Never in 22 years of public life before!”

Well, we’d say to the minister, such theatrics may play well and get your name in the headlines, but it’s all so much flash in the pan.