The Telegram has been following this story for five years
Will the role of Canada’s ambassador for fisheries conservation be filled again, given it has been vacant since March, 2011?
1996 — The federal Liberals shelve the position of federal fisheries ambassador. Though they send out a release in 2005 saying they will reinstate the position, it’s actually the PC government in 2007 that does so.
January 2007 — Loyola Sullivan is named Canada’s ambassador for fisheries conservation. Sullivan was the provincial finance minister until a month before his appointment, when he abruptly resigned. His new job pays up to $159,500 a year. It’s to go until January 2010. The position did not go to public competition.
March 2010 — Sullivan’s position is extended until March, 2011.
March 2011 — Sullivan resigns his post as Canada's ambassador for fisheries conservation to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl for the 2011 federal election. Sullivan places third when the election results are tallied.
Present — Since Sullivan’s resignation from the position of Canada’s ambassador for fisheries conservation, the role hasn’t been filled. The Telegram contacts DFO to inquire about the position and is told to forward any questions about it to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. That department doesn’t return The Telegram’s inquiries as to what happened to the federal fisheries ambassador position formerly held by Loyola Sullivan, if the position still exists or if it will be filled again.
Who has the answers?
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