Government Must End Transfer of Diseased Salmon Into BC Waters
September 28th, 2017 - 4:10pm
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Full question below:
Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, foreign diseased fish are now in Pacific waters threatening wild salmon. The industry knows it, the courts recognize it, and yet the government ignores it. More than 5,000 Canadians wrote the Prime Minister demanding his government take action. The government's response: silence.
When will the government follow its own rules and regulations, and when will the Liberals stop the transfer of dangerous infected salmon into B.C. waters?
Mr. Terry Beech (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, as a British Columbian, I know and share the real concerns that British Columbians have around this issue, especially after the incident that happened in Washington.
While Fisheries and Oceans B.C. aquaculture regulations are among the most rigorous in the world, all options to improve are on the table. It is also our responsibility first and foremost to protect our wild Pacific salmon, which is why we are investing and implementing the Cohen Commission's recommendations as well as the wild salmon policy. In addition, we will do no less than 20 salmon enhancement projects in British Columbia just this year.