Newfoundland fisherman continues hunger strike protest after call from minister


ST. JOHN”S, N.L. — The mother of a hunger-striking fisherman says her son is continuing his protest of what he says is Ottawa”s dire mismanagement of stocks, despite getting a phone call from federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

Linda Gillett says her son Richard spoke with LeBlanc on Thursday and wants a commitment of a meeting with the minister in writing before he will agree to give up his protest.

A spokeswoman for LeBlanc also confirms the call took place and says the two have agreed to speak again.

Laura Gareau says LeBlanc expressed concern for Richard Gillett”s health, and urged him to make his health and family a priority.

Linda Gillett says her son is entering the ninth day of his protest and is getting weaker due to his lack of nourishment.

About three dozen protesters went to the federal fisheries office in St. John”s, N.L., on Thursday to show support for Gillett.