Fin in the House "When will the government reverse these cuts?"

 

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, first the Liberals shut down the coast guard's rescue dive team, then they announced the cancellation of the salmon in the classroom education program. Both within a week.

    This specialized dive team, based on B.C.'s Sea Island, is the only of its kind that rescues people trapped in submerged vessels.

    The salmon in the classroom education program has taught thousands of students about the importance of the salmon life cycle.

    British Columbians are outraged. Why has the minister not heard their concerns? When will he reverse these cuts?

     Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we heard the concerns of British Columbians and all Canadians and we decided as a government to invest massively in an oceans' protection plan. It is good to protect marine ecosystems. It improves search and rescue capacity on all of Canada's coasts, particularly in British Columbia.

     I was proud to be there last week to announce four new lifeboat rescue stations on the coast of British Columbia.

    We will continue to protect fish habitat and work with the volunteer groups in that province and all across the country that do such outstanding work.