Finn Donnelly

Looking for a chance to vent?

Have you been dying to tell someone who cares what you really think about probable changes to your Old Age Security?

Have you been dying to tell someone who cares what you really think about probable changes to your Old Age Security? Wild salmon and aquaculture along our coast? Ocean stewardship and shark finning? Oil tankers and pipelines? New halibut quotas? Politicians in general?

Here’s your chance.

Fin Donnelly, Member of Parliament for New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody since 2009 and currently federal NDP Critic for Fisheries and Oceans, is coming to the Island this Saturday, to discuss these and other matters of interest to voters in the area. Donnelly will fly into Port Hardy and begin a series of meetings all day Saturday, finishing up with a potluck supper in Courtenay.

Donnelly introduced legislation to ban tanker traffic along B.C.’s sensitive northern coast and to transition all fish farms to closed containment.

Prior to being elected, Donnelly played a key role in calling for and securing the Cohen Inquiry into the collapse of the Fraser Sockeye fishery.

He served on Coquitlam City Council for seven years, was the executive director of Rivershed Society of B.C. for 13 years and twice swam the Fraser River (1,400 km) to promote sustainable living.

Of particular interest to those whose livelihood depends on healthy oceans, these meetings are also open to all members of our communities. You can catch up with Donnelly in Port Hardy at the Quarter Deck Inn from 8-10 a.m.; in Campbell River at the Community Centre from 2-4 p.m.; and in Courtenay at the Lower Native Sons Hall for a potluck supper from 6-9 p.m.

Plan to give Donnelly a piece of your mind on Saturday as he says he promises to take all those “pieces” back to Ottawa.