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John Williamson corrects the record

posted May 8, 2013, 9:50 AM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated May 8, 2013, 5:37 PM ]

Telegraph Journal May 08, 2013 – Letters to the Editor

    I wish to correct the assertion made by Save Ocean Science chairwoman Caroline Davies that I responded to her “committee's proposal without having heard it.” This is false ("St. Andrews library is irreplaceable,” May 4). Ms. Davies knows this because she and two other constituents presented it to me and my staff last summer in my St. Stephen office. I met with these constituents to consider the budget changes at the St. Andrews Biological Station, listen to the concerns and discuss possible solutions.

    Ultimately, the SOS proposal was rejected by the federal government. Instead, research requests at the St. Andrews station and throughout the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will be handled primarily by two: library centers, one located on each coast of Canada. These two libraries will reply to requests on demand basis just as universities do.

 SOS is upset and I certainly understand that disappointment. Yet, that doesn't allow Ms. Davies to make things up. Moreover, when she says I'm being dismissive what she means is the government won’t do what SOS is demanding. There is a big difference.

 SOS does not have a veto on government decisions. No pol­itical pressure group does. The Harper government spent over $60 million on the new facility in St. Andrews, ensuring the biological station will be an im­portant part of DFO operations, and the local community.


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