Outfitters need exclusive rights

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Now that I am becoming a resident of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, I have been
“following the Pontiac Journal’s articles concerning the economic development of the TNO. The mayor of Sheenboro has made a few statements about the topic that are of concern to me.

Now that I am becoming a resident of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, I have been
“following the Pontiac Journal’s articles concerning the economic development of the TNO. The mayor of Sheenboro has made a few statements about the topic that are of concern to me.
In the article titled “MRC mayors have a full agenda” in the November 5th edition of the paper, she made a comment about proposed zoning changes in the TNO to allow an outfitter to set up an establishment. “Isn’t this like putting two Walmarts side by side? There are a lot of other outfitters in the area trying to make a living,” she said.
If this attitude is applied to all
businesses, this would mean all existing businesses in her municipality would have exclusive rights in their particular fields. There would be no chance for
anyone to start a new convenience store or trucking company because there are already ones established. What about the farms. No new farms either?
In the article titled “Lac Pepin area zoning in the Ministry’s hands” in the last edition of the paper, she stated she is against exclusive rights.
I have had numerous people stop at my door at 10 Mile Lodge mentioning their concern about this new lease
application – they are mostly all against it. I point out to them that they are able to have access to this part of the Pontiac because an Outfitter with exclusive rights is here, and that if I was not here, this trail would not exist. Without exclusive rights, many outfitters wouldn’t exist.
Exclusive rights help us to provide good fishing for our clients. If an outfitter without exclusive rights opens up a road to a lake that has no access, it will get hit hard with fishermen. How can an outfitter afford to stock a lake and then have no control over who fishes it? It’s economic suicide.
The Pontiac TNO territory is such a huge area; there’s lots of room for
everyone. Even if this lease were granted, there are still thousands of lakes for
people to fish.
The people of the Pontiac need to
support local businesses so they can develop and prosper.

Richard Lauzon
ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES