Oct 17 (Reuters) - Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill
Blair on Saturday said a fire that destroyed a lobster facility
in southwest Nova Scotia was "suspicious", adding that he has
authorized more Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to keep
peace in the region where fishery tensions have escalated.
"I am deeply concerned about the suspicious fire and
confident that investigators will find the answers they need to
hold those responsible to account", Blair said in a statement.
"I have now approved a request from Nova Scotia's Attorney
General to enhance the presence of contracted RCMP resources as
needed in that jurisdiction in order to keep the peace", he
Earlier in the day, the fire led to a man being admitted in
hospital with life-threatening injuries, the RCMP said.
The development capped a week of rising tensions over
Indigenous fishing treaty rights.
The blaze broke out at one of two facilities where
Indigenous fishermen had stored their catch, which were raided
and vandalized by commercial fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia
The two clashes earlier in the week involved hundreds of
people outside lobster pounds that handle Indigenous-caught
"The current tensions cannot continue. The temperature of
this dispute must be lowered, now. The threats, violence, and
intimidation have to stop", the Canadian public safety minister
"We all need to acknowledge that a lasting resolution to
this dispute can only be concluded if it is rooted in the
recognition of legitimate Mi'kmaq treaty rights", he said.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh; Editing by David Gregorio)