Fin in the House: When will the government protect our wild salmon and abandon its disastrous plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline?

 

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Sarah Alderman, a researcher at the University of Guelph, found that even short exposure to diluted bitumen can be deadly to young salmon, a critical species to B.C.'s economy, tourism and fishing industry. Canadians know that when it comes to oil spills the question is not if but when. They also know the decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline could be devastating, since the Liberals have no plan in place to clean up a toxic diluted bitumen oil spill on our coast. When will the government protect our wild salmon and abandon its disastrous plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline?
   
Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, this government has recognized the importance of ensuring environmental sustainability in the context of all of the decisions we have made.


In the context of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, we have made significant investments in spill prevention through the oceans protection plan. This bill responds. We have done an enormous amount with respect to addressing all of the various concerns that are associated with the pipeline from an environmental perspective. At the end of the day, we understand that the environment and the economy must go together, and it is doing so in this case.