For Immediate Release

Legal Boundaries of Labrador Should be Recognized: Lester

St. John’s, NL (June 27, 2018) – Today, MHA Jim Lester is raising concerns about the Province of Quebec’s refusal to recognize the appropriate legal boundaries of Labrador after his recent trip to the province.

“Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the Parliamentarian Delegation to Quebec along with other MHAs. While the engagement was overall positive, I was struck by Quebec’s continued refusal to recognize our province’s border as legally defined,” said Lester.

Quebec’s dispute with the Labrador boundary was supposed to be settled in 1927, when the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council set the current legal boundaries. These current legal boundaries were even enshrined in the terms of confederation in 1949. Despite this, the Government of Quebec refuses to recognize the present boundaries, and continues to claim portion of the Labrador as their own land on provincial maps.

Lester is urging the Government of Quebec to finally recognize the legal boundaries as set in 1927.

“Not only is formally recognizing the legal boundaries of Labrador the just action, but would serve as a big gesture of good faith in the lead-up to any future negotiations,” added Lester

“How can the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador negotiate with the Province of Quebec when they refuse to even recognize our own boundaries?”

Contacts:
Devin Drover
Director of Communications
1.709.729.6105
DevinDrover@gov.nl.ca