Congresswoman Chellie Pingree asked the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) today to provide increased protection for trucks bringing Maine lobster to processing plants in Canada. In a letter to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, Pingree asked for police escorts for the trucks until the volatile situation in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island cools down.
"The courts in Canada have issued an order keeping protestors away from some of the processing plants, but drivers bringing lobster need to feel that the orderwill be enforced and that they will be safe on their way to and from those plants," Pingree said.
Pingree, who spoke to a top Canadian official last week as the protests broke out in New Brunswick, said she is concerned that there hasn't been enough police presence around the protests.
"This week we heard of a report of 10 officers confronting 400 protestors," Pingree said. "I'm concerned that the Canadian federal government hasn't sent the resources necessary to adequately respond to these protests. Since the RCMP is a federal police force and ultimately controlled out of Ottawa, I thought it was important to go right to the top and impress onthem the need to adequately protect trucks carrying lobster from Maine."