Crane Lobbies to Subsidize Ocean Choice Workers

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SOURIS, P.E.I. — Prince Edward Island’s opposition leader Olive Crane is appealing to the provincial government to provide short-term assistance to some 300 people affected by the recent Ocean Choice announcement to close its Souris, P.E.I., lobster processing facility and put it up for sale.

The PC leader is asking a wage subsidy be put in place to help plant workers through the transition as they struggle to find new jobs on short notice and worry about employment insurance running short.

The Newfoundland-based Ocean Choice invested millions in the plant over the years, but it hasn’t been enough to prevent the closure, which comes just weeks before the May lobster season. “Ideally we would have made this announcement earlier, but we have been exploring every avenue and option we could find in an effort to keep production in the plant,” Blaine Sullivan, the seafood company’s chief operating officer said in a statement.

Earlier this year, 120 processors were put out of work when the company plant in North Lake, P.E.I., closed.

 

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