Today, Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition, appointed the new NDP shadow cabinet, naming New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody Member of Parliament, Fin Donnelly, as Fisheries and Oceans critic.

“It is an honour to serve as Fisheries and Oceans critic for Canada’s Official Opposition,” said Donnelly. “There are many challenges facing our coasts and coastal communities. I plan on working hard to address these issues by advocating for sustainable fisheries policies and promoting stewardship of our ocean and fresh water resources.”

Fin Donnelly served as Fisheries and Oceans critic in the previous Parliament. He tabled legislation to transition harmful, open-net fish farms to safe closed containment, and to ban oil supertanker traffic off the North coast of British Columbia. He also questioned the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ about the department’s failure to protect critical Orca whale habitat, and tabled a motion that would require the government to provide greater clarity on the risks of genetically modified salmon.

“It's time for the Conservative government to take action and protect our marine ecosystems and the livelihoods of Canadians that depend on our fisheries,” said Donnelly. “I feel a great responsibility to ensure that the voices of all stakeholders are heard and will do my best to provide strong representation in Parliament while holding the government to account.”