Fin the House: Environment Commissioner issues scathing report on Salmon Farming

 Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, in a scathing report, the Environment Commissioner confirmed what we have been saying for years. The aquaculture industry is exposing wild salmon to disease and harmful pesticides. In fairness, how would the Liberals know? They are not even monitoring the health of wild salmon. The Minister claims to be licensing salmon farms based on “scientific evidence”, but clearly he is not. Further, the report confirms they placed farmed over wild salmon every time.

    When will the Minister commit to a just transition to safe land-based closed containment?

    Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, we want to thank the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for her report. I had a chance to meet her yesterday and discuss the recommendations. The government has accepted all of her recommendations. In fact a number of the things that she has suggested are already under way because of our government's historic investments in science and marine protection and ocean protection.

    For example, we are completing key disease risk assessments for these fish and clarifying the roles and responsibilities for managing emerging diseases. We are communicating where effective the precautionary approach. We will continue to do a lot more on this important issue.