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Diane Lebouthillier Appointed New Fisheries Minister

On July 26, 2023 Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine in Quebec since 2015 and former Minister of National Revenue, was announced as the new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. 

During her time as Minister of National Revenue, Minister Lebouthillier notably oversaw the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), which managed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prior to entering politics, Minister Lebouthillier spent over 23 years in social services at the Rocher-Percé Health and Social Services Centre. 

On July 25, 2023, now former Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Joyce Murray, announced she would not seek reelection. 

“It has been a privilege to advance work in tackling climate change, nature conservation and improving the lives of Canadians, and I look forward to continue engaging with these challenges,” Murray wrote on Twitter. 

“After much thought and reflection, I have decided not to run again in the next election after my current term.” 

As the new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lebouthillier will be responsible for overseeing fisheries management and making decisions that directly impact fish harvesters and coastal communities. 

“Our members currently face many serious issues, including widespread fisheries closures that are not rooted in science, unwarranted fishing delays, lack of financial and transitional support, foreign ownership of Canadian commercial fishing licenses and quota, and more,” UFAWU-Unifor President James Lawson says. 

"We look forward to working closely with Minister Lebouthillier to address the critical challenges faced by fish harvesters and ensure their voices are heard. We are hopeful for a highly productive relationship. 

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