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Byrne withdraws remarks about MHAs – The Telegram

by ahnationtalk on November 14, 201979 Views

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. —

After two days of debate, Fisheries Minister Gerry Byrne has withdrawn comments he made against two opposition MHAs.

Byrne was ordered to withdraw the remarks by members of the House of Assembly after he claimed Mount Pearl North MHA Jim Lester was “not always on the side of the law” and St. John’s Centre MHA Jim Dinn was marginalizing the voices of Indigenous populations.

All of this started when the two opposition members asked questions of Byrne — Lester about moose hunting regulations and Dinn about the 2.6 million farmed salmon that died on the province’s south coast in August.

After withdrawing his comments against Lester on Monday, but refusing to do the same with Dinn, a two-day debate unfolded in the House of Assembly, ultimately resulting in a retraction from Byrne.

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