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March 7th, 2017

Fin in the House: Congratulations 2017 Litter-less Lunch Winners!

Fin Donnelly, (Port Moody-Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, each year during waste reduction week, elementary students in Port Moody-Coquitlam participate in my annual litter-less lunch challenge.

March 6th, 2017

Fin in the House: When will the minister do the right thing and protect west coast wild salmon

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we were just shocked to hear the Liberals' response and that they are passing the buck to the provinces on first nations health and the environment. A study funded by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed a deadly disease has reached B.C. salmon farms. This disease is the third-largest killer of salmon in Norway, and now it is on our coast. If this disease grows, it will not only devastate farm salmon but wild salmon as well. When will the minister do the right thing, strengthen the Fisheries Act, and protect west coast wild salmon? Thousands of jobs are at stake.

December 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly asks the government to support Bill C-228

Mr. Speaker, the government got a couple of things wrong in its response to my bill, so I am happy to correct the record and give members something to think about before the vote.

December 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly calls on government to respond to recent whale deaths

MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, last week another whale died after becoming entangled at an open net salmon farm in British Columbia. That is two dead whales in three weeks. The science and the evidence is clear. Open net salmon farms are literal death traps for marine mammals. My bill before Parliament aims to transition harmful open net salmon farms to safe closed containment systems to protect marine mammals and wild salmon.

November 30th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Slams Government's Approval of Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

November 21st, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly calls on the government to protect marine mammals

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, a humpback whale was found dead, entangled in an empty net at a salmon farm near Campbell River. This is the second time a whale has been entangled in this fish farm in three months. Last time, a juvenile humpback was trapped and needed to be rescued at this same site.

October 25th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly asks the government to defend our coast from oil spills

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, it has been 12 days since the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground spilling diesel fuel into the traditional waters of the Heiltsuk first nation. The situation is being described by first nation leaders as an environmental disaster and the government response has been an abject failure. First massive delays then a vessel hired to help with the cleanup began to sink and yesterday oil booms failed because of rough weather.

October 17th, 2016

Fin Asks the Government to Make Good on Their Promise to Implement a Permanent Ban on Crude-Oil Tankers Off B.C.'S North Coast

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, last Thursday an American tugboat and tanker barge ran aground on B.C.'s north coast. The accident caused 200,000 litres of diesel to spill into a sensitive area. If this had been a fully loaded supertanker, it would have caused massive devastation to our fisheries, first nations communities, and our marine environment.

October 6th, 2016

Fin Asks the Government to Restore Lost Fish Habitat Protections

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in the last election, the Liberals promised to restore habitat protections to the Fisheries Act gutted by the Conservatives in 20112.

October 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Welcomes Bill C-228 Endorsements

Full Text of Statement:

Mr. Speaker, next week, I will be announcing support for my private member's bill to save wild salmon. The bill protects wild salmon and allows the aquaculture industry to grow by moving harmful open-net salmon pens to safe closed containment.

June 16th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks the Government to Stop Extending Open Net Fish Farm Licences

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals promised to make evidence-based decisions.

June 8th, 2016

World Oceans Day 2016

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark World Oceans Day, an international day to celebrate our oceans, encourage conservation, and address challenges, challenges like climate change, pollution, and overfishing.

June 3rd, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks the Government to Restore Coast Guard Cuts

Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, inspections of fishing violations off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador have dropped a whopping 50% in the last five years. We have also learned that the capacity for the Coast Guard to respond to emergencies has been weakened. Our Coast Guard was gutted by the former Conservative government's budget cuts, and its failure to update the Coast Guard's aging fleet only made things worse.

May 19th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Honours Local Community Heroes

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise in the House to honour outstanding citizens making a difference in Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore, and Belcarra:

May 18th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks Government to Restore Fisheries Act Protections

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, shameful. The Liberals are betraying our country and betraying our veterans.

May 11th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks Government to Drop Their Appeal and Defend BC Wild Salmon

MP Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam): Mr. Speaker, in 2015, the federal court banned fish farms in B.C. from using diseased Atlantic salmon in open net pens. The risks to wild salmon were, and still are, unacceptable.

May 5th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Asks Minister Tootoo to Enforce the Law and Protect Fish Habitat

May 2nd, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Questions Minister Tootoo About Kitsilano Coast Guard Station

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Liberals are clearly choosing to ignore the evidence here. During the campaign, the Prime Minister promised Canadians they would reopen the Kitsilano coast guard station. Once in power, the minister assured Canadians it would be operational 24/7-365. Now it appears that is not the case. The base will only reopen on a part-time basis. Why did the minister mislead Canadians about this commitment?

April 14th, 2016

Budget 2016 Response

I am honoured to share with the House my riding's concerns and hopes in response to the federal budget. The people of Port Moody, Coquitlam, Anmore, and Belcarra are excited to be free from over a decade of Conservative rule. For too long our country has turned its back on science, seniors, youth, the environment and climate change, and working families.

February 26th, 2016

MP Fin Donnelly Questions Minister Tootoo About Closing MCTS Stations and Marine Safety

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

"Mr. Speaker, does the minister really believe that technology alone can replace these communication centres? It is simply not the case. In fact, over the weekend the Victoria station went down, leaving Georgia Strait, Howe Sound, and Vancouver harbour completely unprotected. This was not the first communication failure either, but still the government seems determined to shut down the Comox station.

January 22nd, 2016

NDP Encourages Canadians to Choose Sustainable Seafood Products

NDP Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Critic, Fin Donnelly (Port Moody–Coquitlam), tabled a motion today, urging the federal government to designate March 18 as National Sustainable Seafood Day.

May 28th, 2015

QUESTION PERIOD: CONSERVATIVE CUTS TO CANADA'S COAST GUARD

Mr. Speaker, last week, a marine communications blackout in B.C. left ship traffic dangerously adrift. Thankfully, nothing disastrous happened, this time.

May 12th, 2015

QUESTION PERIOD: RECOGNIZING THE HISTORIC VETERANS COVENANT

Mr. Speaker, a moral, social, legal and fiduciary covenant exists between Canada and members of the Canadian Armed Forces. This means the government must provide support to those who are injured, disabled or have died as a result of military service, and to their families. I thank the members for supporting our motion. Now will they implement it? Will the Conservatives agree to a stand-alone covenant and immediately end all legal action against Canada's veterans?

May 11th, 2015

QUESTION PERIOD: BC AQUACULTURE & WILD SALMON

Mr. Speaker, the Federal Court has ruled that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not lived up to its responsibility to protect wild salmon. The court found DFO rules failed to prevent diseases from being transferred from fish farms into open ocean, raising the risk of our wild-salmon economy which supports thousands of jobs throughout British Columbia.

April 28th, 2015

Fin and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair Hammer Conservatives on Coast Guard Cuts

Mr. Speaker, a lot of talk, but no action.

April 20th, 2015

Question Period: English Bay Oil Spill Response

The Auditor General has been clear. The government is not prepared to deal with even moderately sized oil spills. But the Conservatives keep cutting the organizations that respond to these emergencies including the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, B.C.'s oil spill environmental response centre and Coast Guard communication centres.

March 25th, 2015

Question Period: Herring Fishery on the BC Coast

March 12th, 2015

Question Period: Funding for BC Ferries

February 19th, 2015

Question Period: Closure of three Marine Communication and Traffic Service centres along BC’s coast.

Mr. Speaker, first the Conservatives close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station and now they want to close the Marine Communications and Traffic Services centres in Vancouver, Comox and Ucluelet. Responses to environmental emergencies, oil spills, and accidents for the entire coast of British Columbia are going to be centralized. Just recently, the Ucluelet centre helped with the rescue of four sailors. The centre was listening on local VHF and heard the mayday signal.

February 5th, 2015

Question Period: Infrastructure, Transit, & Housing

Mr. Speaker, the mayors of Canada's 19 biggest cities have come together today to highlight the need for federal action. Our cities are facing crumbling infrastructure, a growing housing crisis, and inadequate transit funding. Gridlock costs us billions of dollars a year in lost economic activity. The average lower mainland resident spends the equivalent of 35 working days per year just commuting.

February 5th, 2015

Statement on Jobs and the Economy in the Lower Mainland

December 10th, 2014

MP Donnelly calls for better veterans care

OTTAWA—Canada’s veterans shouldn’t have to fight the Conservative government in court to secure the pensions and long-term care they deserve, according to NDP MP Fin Donnelly in Question Period today.

October 29th, 2014

Statement on 2014 Litterless Lunch Challenge

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce the winner of my fifth annual Litterless Lunch Challenge. The challenge, which I hold each year during Waste Reduction Week, encourages students to pack litter-free lunches.

October 10th, 2014

Question Period: Transit Infrastructure Needed in Lower Mainland

Fin in Question Period (October 10, 2014):

Transit infrastructure is urgently needed in the Lower Mainland to protect and develop the region's economy. TransLink is pushed to its limits and has resorted to telling commuters frustrated with service delays to lower their expectations and simply "go for a coffee".

October 8th, 2014

Statement on "Wait For Me Daddy" Memorial Sculpture

“Wait for me, Daddy.” These famous words of Warren ‘Whitey’ Bernard were immortalized in a sculpture unveiled this past weekend in the royal city of New Westminster.

October 8th, 2014

Statement on Terri Evans of Coquitlam Farmers Market

Mr. Speaker, I would like to acknowledge Terri Evans of the Coquitlam Farmers Market. This weekend we celebrated her eighteen years of service to the society, our community and the local food movement.

September 18th, 2014

Speech on Coastal Fisheries Protection Act (Bill S-3)

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Northwest Territories.

May 27th, 2014

Pushing the Debate on BC Coast Guard Cuts

Adjournment Proceedings

* * *Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, over the past year, I have stood up more than a dozen times in this place and challenged the government to back down from its reckless plan to shut down the Kitsilano Coast Guard station.

May 8th, 2014

Speech on Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act (Bill C-3)

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to Bill C-3, an act to enact the Aviation Industry Indemnity Act, to amend the Aeronautics Act, the Canada Marine Act, the Marine Liability Act and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and to make consequential amendments to other acts.

May 8th, 2014

Statement on Health Care

Mr. Speaker, every year I hold extensive consultations across my riding to find out what issues constituents are most concerned about. This year, once again, the top priority identified was health care. I heard many ideas about changes needed to improve health care and ensure better use of public dollars.

April 1st, 2014

Speech on Abuse of Government Aircraft and Misplaced Priorities

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak in support of the NDP motion before us about the misuse of taxpayers' dollars.

February 25th, 2014

Speech on Budget 2014

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to budget 2014. The government's budget document was over 400 pages, but I must say that it is very thin on ideas and solutions.

February 11th, 2014

Statement Congratulating Canada's Olympic Team & Coquitlam's Kevin Reynolds

I would like to send my best wishes to all of Canada's athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

February 11th, 2014

Statement on Transit Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, transit is a concern that is frequently raised at my regular town hall meetings.

January 28th, 2014

Statement on Passing of Tim Jones

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honour the life and legacy of Tim Jones, team leader of North Shore Rescue, who passed away suddenly on January 19th.

December 10th, 2013

Speech on First Nations Elections Act (C-9)

Mr. Speaker, Bill C-9, an act respecting the election and term of office of chiefs and councillors of certain first nations and the composition of council of those first nations, also known as the first nations elections act, is what I will be speaking to today.

November 28th, 2013

Speech on Cyberbullying (C-13)

I rise today to speak to Bill C-13, an Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. I thank the Minister of Justice for introducing this long-awaited bill, which was tabled just last week.

November 4th, 2013

Statement on Litterless Lunch Challenge Winners

Mr. Speaker, October 21 to 27 marked Waste Reduction Week in Canada, which is when I hosted my fourth annual Litterless Lunch Challenge. Every year, more and more schools across my riding join the challenge to do their part to reduce waste by packing litter-free lunches.

October 21st, 2013

Speech on Marine Safety & Kits Coast Guard (C-3)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to start off my remarks by congratulating the minister on her new post. I should also mention I will be sharing my time with the member for Western Arctic.

June 3rd, 2013

Statement on the Senate

Mr. Speaker, British Columbians are fed up with the unelected, unaccountable Senate. This archaic institution costs Canadians over $92 million a year. Appointed senators, especially those who abuse their privileges, do not represent Canadians' interests or values.

June 3rd, 2013

Speech on Korean War Veterans Day Act (S-213)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill S-213, An Act respecting a national day of remembrance to honour Canadian veterans of the Korean War. If this bill passes, July 27 will be designated Korean War veterans day.

May 6th, 2013

Speech on Budget 2013

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-60 on the budget implementation act.

April 25th, 2013

Speech on Climate Change

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Chambly—Borduas, who is a fine member.

March 25th, 2013

Speech on Shark Fin Import Ban, second hour of debate (C-380)

Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleagues for participating in this second hour of debate on my private member's bill, Bill C-380, which seeks to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada and enshrine in legislation Canada's current prohibition on shark finning.

March 22nd, 2013

Statement on World Water Day

Mr. Speaker, 70% of our planet is covered by water and 70% of the human body is also made up of water.

February 11th, 2013

Speech on Shark Fin Import Ban, first hour of debate (C-380)

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to begin debate on second reading of Bill C-380, which would amend the Fish Inspection Act by legally banning the importation of shark fins, not attached to the rest of the shark, to Canada. It would also amend the Fisheries Act by enshrining in legislation Canada's current prohibition on shark finning.

February 4th, 2013

Speech on Rail Freight Service

Mr. Speaker, I rise today not only as the member for New Westminster—Coquitlam and Port Moody but in my capacity as western economic diversification critic for the NDP.

January 31st, 2013

Statement on Respecting West Coast Priorities

Mr.Speaker, the Conservative government has been ignoring priorities of west coast Canadians for too long. It rammed through not one but two massive omnibus budget bills with no consultation and limited debate and study in Parliament.

November 22nd, 2012

Speech on First Nations Matrimonial Property Rights

Mr. Speaker, I sincerely appreciated the speech from the member for Manicouagan and his direct experience with the first nations' life and living conditions. It adds a lot to this debate.

November 19th, 2012

Speech on Food Safety (S-11)

I rise today to speak to Bill S-11, An Act respecting food commodities, including their inspection, their safety, their labelling and advertising, their import, export and interprovincial trade, the establishment of standards for them, the registration or licensing of persons who perform certain activities related to them, the establishment of standards governing establishments where those activities are performed and the registration of establishments where those activities are performed.

October 23rd, 2012

Statement on Litterless Lunch Challenge Winner

I rise today to announce the winner of my third annual Litterless Lunch Challenge. The challenge, which I hold each year in my riding during Waste Reduction Week, encourages students to pack litter-free lunches. This year, over 50 classes from 10 schools participated, including the entire staff at School District 43.

June 6th, 2012

Speech on Coast Guard Search and Rescue Cuts and Closures

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the motion by the hard-working member for St. John's East, and I am happy to second the motion.

May 29th, 2012

Speech on Easing Restrictions on Interprovincial Import of Wine

Mr. Speaker, I will provide some summary remarks. I support this bill and appreciate the hard work of members in preparing and bringing forward this bill.

May 16th, 2012

Speech on Gutting of Environmental and Fisheries Regulations

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the NDP opposition day motion.

One-third of the budget implementation act is dedicated to gutting environmental laws that protect Canada's fisheries, rivers, oceans and ecosystems. With the stroke of a pen the government would eliminate decades of progress and condemn future generations to deal with its mess. The biggest theme I drew from the budget is the government's focus on mega-industrial projects at the expense of Canada's environment.

May 10th, 2012

Speech on Budget 2012

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in opposition of Bill C-38. As the Conservatives' first budget as a majority government, the budget implementation act serves as a road map to the government's priority for these four years. Let me say that the future does not look very green.

May 9th, 2012

Statement on Hunger Awareness Week

Mr. Speaker, to mark this year's Hunger Awareness Week, Food Banks Canada has issued a challenge to parliamentarians from all parties to fast for one day so they can experience what it feels like to go hungry.

April 26th, 2012

Speech on Increasing Age of Eligibility for OAS from 65 to 67

I rise today to support the New Democrat Party opposition day motion sponsored by my colleague for London—Fanshawe. She has put a tremendous amount of work into this issue and I applaud her dedication to Canadians.

April 24th, 2012

Statement on Ending the Long Form Census and Cutting the National Council of Welfare

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to the short-sighted cuts by the Conservative government to public institutions that inform social policy in Canada.

March 9th, 2012

Speech on Purple Day / Epilepsy Awareness (C-278)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to talk about epilepsy and to speak in support of Bill C-278. I also want to acknowledge the good work of my colleague, the member for Sudbury, in raising awareness about epilepsy.

February 16th, 2012

Speech on Shannen's Dream - Education for First Nation Children

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time.

I would like to acknowledge those colleagues who have worked so hard on this issue. We have heard from many of them in the House already.

February 9th, 2012

Speech on Foreign Takeovers and the Net Benefit to Canada Test

Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour for his good points. I would also like to thank the member for London—Fanshawe for her tireless work on this issue and for bringing this motion forward today.

February 2nd, 2012

Statement on Raising Age of Retirement for OAS

Mr. Speaker, the phone has been ringing off the hook in my riding since the Prime Minister announced in Davos that the Canadian retirement system would undergo significant changes.

December 12th, 2011

Speech on Human Trafficking (C-310)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for Kildonan—St. Paulfor her dedication to this important issue. I am honoured to have the opportunity to speak in support of legislation that would strengthen Canada's ability to prosecute human traffickers.

December 9th, 2011

Motion on Gender Violence

M-297 — December 5, 2011 — Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam)

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should:

(a) launch a campaign that expressly denounces gender violence as unacceptable behavior, and that emphasizes prevention and societal responsibility; (b) seek to combat the underlying socio-economic causes for gender violence, including the active promotion of gender equity for Canadians; (c) reinstate the word "equality" in Status of Women Canada's organizational goals; (d) reinstate funding for Status of Women Canada to 2006 levels, adjusted to the costs of living for 2011, including funds dedicated to the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program; and (e) encourage federal departments and agencies to provide employees with training in gender sensitivity, gender violence issues, and sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

December 7th, 2011

Statement on Violence Against Women Purple Ribbon Campaign

Mr. Speaker, today I wear a purple ribbon to remember and honour women and children who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. The second annual Purple Ribbon Campaign, organized by Tri-City Transitions, is part of the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Its theme this year is “Peace Begins at Home”.

November 24th, 2011

Speech on Copyright Modernization Act (C-11)

Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak in opposition to Bill C-11, Copyright Modernization Act. The legislation seeks to bring long overdue changes that would bring Canada in line with advances in technology and current international standards.

November 23rd, 2011

Speech on Bulk Water Exports (C-267)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-267, the Canada water preservation act.

November 22nd, 2011

Speech on the Senate (C-7)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-7, an act respecting the selection of senators and amending the Constitution Act, 1867 in respect of Senate term limits.

November 16th, 2011

Statement on Litterless Lunch 2011 Challenge Winners

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to announce the winner of my second annual litterless lunch challenge.

October 26th, 2011

Speech on National Transit Strategy (C-305)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy.

October 4th, 2011

Statement on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mr. Speaker, I stand today to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week.

September 29th, 2011

Speech on the Economy

Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Nanaimo—Cowichan.

I rise today to speak in favour of our party's opposition day motion which calls on the government to take swift action with regard to the economy. First, I would like to commend the member for Parkdale—High Park for all her hard work on this important issue.

September 27th, 2011

Speech on Omnibus Crime Bill (C-10)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to the omnibus crime bill, Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act. I support the sections of the bill that aim to protect children from dangerous sexual predators.

June 23rd, 2011

Speech on Bill C-6 - Canada Post Lock-out [1]

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in solidarity with the thousands of postals workers who have been locked out by Canada Post. There are three postal depots in my riding, one in New Westminster, one in Coquitlam and another in Port Moody. I would like to thank all of the workers in those depots. I have talked to many of them and know their good work. I know how hard they have been working and how much this affects them and what it means to them.

June 23rd, 2011

Speech on Bill C-6 - Canada Post lock-out [2]

Madam Speaker, I rise today to talk about the lockout of workers by Canada Post and the back to work legislation the government is proposing.

June 15th, 2011

Speech on Budget 2011

Mr. Speaker, last week, the government released the 2011-12 budget and, once again, it falls short for Canadians. The government continues to give away billions of dollars to the most profitable corporations while moving ahead with $11 billion worth of cuts from programs and services that Canadians rely on.

June 8th, 2011

Statement on World Oceans Day

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark World Oceans Day, an international day to observe the challenges facing our oceans, and to celebrate and encourage conservation. This year's theme is “Youth: The Next Wave for Change”.

March 3rd, 2011

Speech on the Senate and Need for Proportional Representation

I stand to speak today in favour of the New Democrat motion calling for a referendum to abolish the Senate and for proportional representation.

March 1st, 2011

Motion on Genetically Modified Salmon

M-648 — March 1, 2011 — Mr. Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately: (a) provide greater regulatory clarity by identifying which government departments are responsible for the regulation of genetically modified salmon and other transgenic aquatic organisms; (b) prevent the introduction into the Canadian food system of genetically modified salmon destined for human consumption until further scientific studies are concluded by the relevant departments to determine the impact of genetically modified salmon on human health and on the health of marine species, ecosystems and habitats; and (c) direct the departments responsible for the regulation of genetically modified salmon to establish a practice of notifying the Canadian public of all requests and approvals and of any information and findings regarding genetically modified salmon and salmon eggs.

February 14th, 2011

Statement on Eco-Energy Retrofit Program

Madam Speaker, during the town hall meetings I recently held in my riding, many constituents called for the reinstatement of the eco-energy retrofit program that the government suddenly cancelled in March 2010.

February 8th, 2011

Speech on Genetically Engineered Seeds (C-474)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-474, An Act respecting the Seeds Regulations (analysis of potential harm). I would like to commend my colleague, the member for British Columbia Southern Interior, for bringing this legislation forward.

February 1st, 2011

Speech on National Philanthropy Day Act (S-203)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the National Philanthropy Day act. My riding of New Westminster—Coquitlam and Port Moody had benefited greatly from all forms of philanthropy. Lester M. Salaman, a leading author and professor on civil society says philanthropy is “the private giving of time or valuables…for public purposes”.

December 15th, 2010

Statement on Making Life More Affordable

Mr. Speaker, as a new member of Parliament, I introduced bills to protect Pacific wild salmon, ban dangerous oil tanker traffic off B.C.'s north coast, improve child safety by strengthening the Criminal Code and help workers who suffer from cancer by increasing medical EI. I brought national attention to the funding gap that continues to plague the long-delayed Evergreen Line.

December 2nd, 2010

Speech on West Coast Oil Supertanker Ban

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of the motion to ban the transportation of oil by supertankers off British Columbia's north coast. We must take action now to protect British Columbia's magnificent coastline and coastal waters, its diversity of fish species, abundance of mammals and the coastal communities that depend on a healthy fishing industry and profitable ecotourism sector. On March 26 of this year, I introduced Bill C-502, a private member's bill that would amend the Canada Shipping Act to prohibit the transportation of oil in supertankers in the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound.

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November 23rd, 2010

Statement on Litterless Lunch Challenge 2010 Winners

Mr. Speaker, did you know that a school-aged child generates approximately 67 pounds of lunch waste every year? That is almost 20,000 pounds of waste for just one elementary school.

June 8th, 2010

Statement on World Oceans Day

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canada has the longest coastline on Earth and I rise today to draw attention to World Oceans Day.

May 31st, 2010

Speech on Budget 2010 Implementation Act

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to voice my disappointment with the Budget implementation act.

May 13th, 2010

Introduction of Private Member's Bills: The government must move to protect children

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr Speaker;

I rise in the house today to introduce two bills that aim to protect our youth in a way that this government has yet to address.

May 6th, 2010

Question Period: Closed containment possible alternative according to report

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, in a report released today, Dr. Andrew Wright states that land-based, closed containment salmon farming is economically and technically feasible and is less environmentally damaging than current open-net farming.

May 5th, 2010

Introduction of Private Member's Bill: We must move to protect BC's wild salmon now

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in the House to introduce a Bill that aims to strengthen the Fisheries Act by requiring fish farm operations on BC's West Coast to move to closed containment.

May 4th, 2010

Statement: Keeping community policing promises is important

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

In 2006, the Conservative government promised funding for 2,500 new police officers.

Municipalities like New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody were counting on this money for their police forces.

April 13th, 2010

Question Period: Government must take action on wild salmon now

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, last year Fraser River sockeye, which passed through a gauntlet of salmon farms in Georgia Strait, suffered a massive loss. However, that same year the Harrison salmon run, which did not pass by those fish farms, reported good returns. Coincidence? Possibly.

April 1st, 2010

Question Period: Government must protect BC's wild salmon

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, sea lice is a serious problem for west coast salmon. Around the world, fish farms have been identified as a major source of sea lice infestations.

March 26th, 2010

Introduction of Private Member's Bills: Tankers pose too great a risk

Canada Shipping Act

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-502, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (prohibition against oil tankers in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound).

March 26th, 2010

Question Period: Tankers are a threat to BC's coast

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for almost 40 years the B.C. coast has been oil tanker free. However, that is now threatened by the Enbridge pipeline proposal that promises to bring tar sand crude from Alberta to B.C.'s coast for export. All it would take is one accident to inflict serious damage on the coastal ecosystem and the economy. The risk is not worth it.

March 15th, 2010

Statement on Pension Security

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are worried about their pensions. With more than a quarter million seniors living in poverty and countless workplace pensions failing, people want action now.

March 8th, 2010

Speech on Budget 2010

As we know, today is International Women's Day, so I thought I would take a moment to tell the House about some of the incredible women in my riding. I am proud to say in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody there are many women making significant contributions to our communities in the areas of education, health care, local businesses and social and community services.

December 8th, 2009

Statement on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mr. Speaker, this is a historic week in world history. Leaders from across the globe are converging on Copenhagen to discuss the state of our climate.

December 8th, 2009

Speech on the Harmonized Sales Tax

I rise today to speak against the HST. However, before I do, let me take a moment to say it is an honour for me to stand in the House of Commons, representing the communities of New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody. I am humbled by the trust and faith that voters have recently placed in me. I am committed to building a sustainable community that is socially just, inclusive and economically vibrant. This is why I am so strongly opposed to the harmonized sales tax.

December 4th, 2009

Fin presents petition for inquiry into the salmon crisis

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Madam Speaker, I rise today to present a petition that calls for an independent judicial inquiry into the salmon crisis. Nine million salmon disappeared this summer in the Fraser River. It is the lowest return in 50 years.

December 2nd, 2009

Fin questions Government on lack of HST debate

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, why is the Conservative government trying to shut down debate on the HST?

November 25th, 2009

Fin questions the Government on HST

Tax Harmonization (HST)

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I just spent several months talking to seniors, students, families and small businesses. Their message was clear: tell the Conservative government that we do not want its HST. British Columbians, like all Canadians, are still trying to make their way through these tough economic times, but this unfair tax shift will make life more expensive for them.

November 25th, 2009

Fin questions the Government on salmon fishery

Salmon Fishery

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, let us hope the government's promises on west coast salmon do not ring as hollow.