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Senator Gerald Comeau
Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
The Senate
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Chair:

Pursuant to Senate Rule 131(2) and on behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to respond to the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans report entitled: Nunavut Fisheries: Quota Allocations and Benefits.

The Government has studied the Report and given careful consideration to the recommendations made by the Standing Committee. Attached you will find the Government Response to the Report.

It should be noted that the Government only responded to questions directed at the Government of Canada. Some of the Standing Committee's recommendations were directed at other organizations, so the Government was not in a position to respond. I recommend that you contact these groups to respond to your concerns.

On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for their interest in this important matter.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to a recent court decision relating to this report. The Committee is probably aware that in July 2003, the Government of Nunavut commenced an application for a judicial review seeking to set aside the decision of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans respecting the 2003 allocation of an increase in shrimp quota in Shrimp Fishing Area (SFA) 1. The case was heard by the Federal Court, Trial Division in Iqaluit, Nunavut on December 6 and 7, 2004. At the hearing Nunavut also sought a declaration that the Minister's decision was not consistent with Article 15.3.7 of the NLCA. On March 9, 2005, the Federal Court released its decision and dismissed the application by the Attorney General of Nunavut for a judicial review.

Yours truly,

Geoff Regan