The mayor of Grand Bank wants former federal fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc removed from the federal cabinet after he was found to have broken conflict of interest rules in awarding an Arctic surf clam licence to a company linked to his wife's cousin.
In February, the government awarded 25 per cent of the annual surf clam quota to Five Nations Clam Company — a contract worth about $24 million in sales in the first year.
But in August, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced it had cancelled the licence in July. Despite repeated questions for the reason behind the move, Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson would only say that the choice was made after "discussions" with the company.
The Arctic surf clam is a saltwater clam harvested in the Atlantic, primarily for consumption in Asian markets as sushi.
In a report released Wednesday, Canada's ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Gilles Thériault — LeBlanc's wife's cousin — stood to benefit financially from the Arctic surf clam licence being awarded to the Five Nations Clam Company.