SCOTT SAYS FISHING LICENSE PROCESS CONTINUES TO FRUSTRATE ANGLERS AND OPERATORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LINDSAY (January 30 2012)
Laurie Scott, the MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and the PC critic for the Ministry of Natural Resources, has written to Natural Resources Minister Michael Gravelle for the second time regarding the province’s new system for processing fishing licenses.
“The Minister has not responded to my January 5 letter and the situation is not improving,” said Scott. Although the rollout of terminals for the automated system is continuing, the process is slow and cumbersome.
“My colleagues and I are receiving complaints from operators and anglers on a daily basis. Some operators have told me they are ready to toss the terminals out onto the street in frustration,” she added.
“One marina advised that a student is paid $10.50 per hour to process licenses with the new system. He can do four an hour and the operator receives 50 cents each from MNR. The result, the operator is losing $8.50 per hour.”
Ms. Scott went on to say, “I realize that this government has a long tradition of spending more money than it brings in, but a small businessman can’t afford to do that.”
Scott continues to press for the Minister to allow operators to revert to the manual issuance of licenses until such time as the new system can be improved to speed up the processing and to make it less cumbersome and more user friendly.
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