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An absence of accountability

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Gerry Byrne isn’t one to duck the spotlight. At least, any good-news spotlight.

His office will issue a news release to announce he’s opening an aquaculture expo, to announce that he’s taking part in “a National Tree Day event,” to announce that he’s speaking at a west coast hospital job fair, that he’s addressing “a reception in support of the province’s lobster fishery.” You get the picture.

But when it comes to answering questions about the province’s role in aquaculture regulation and the death of 2.6 million salmon, well …

Here’s a snippet from an Oct. 22 CBC News story: “Fisheries and Land Resources Minister Gerry Byrne, through media relations manager Linda Skinner, has consistently refused CBC's requests for an interview, starting Oct 11.” He’s been travelling, apparently, and also unavailable, even in these times of constant........

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