Government Should Remove Open Net Salmon Farms From Wild Salmon Migration Routes

Question Period

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, W5 exposed the disastrous impact open-net Atlantic salmon farms are having on wild Pacific salmon, spreading diseases like PRV and HSMI. First nations along the B.C. coast are calling for the removal of open-net salmon farms from the wild salmon migration route. The Liberal government must remove these farms from the salmon migration route and transition this harmful industry to safe, land-based technology.

    Will the minister listen to first nations and his own DFO scientists?

 Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I had the chance to be in his province of British Columbia where I met with some first nations' leaders this past weekend.

    We obviously understand and accept the legitimate concern that so many people have about these practices. That is why we have made unprecedented investments in science and the ocean protection plan, and why we are working with the government of British Columbia. I have had a number of very positive discussions with Minister Popham about how we can work together. Her report will come out next month and we will work with her government to make sure this is done properly.