Fin in the House: Calling for an Emergency Order to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last week Canadians were devastated when Scarlet, a three and a half year old orca, was declared dead. Coastal communities and people right across the country continue to voice their concerns on the effect of increased tanker traffic on our coast but the Liberals are not listening.

Instead of acting to protect this endangered species now, the Liberals are in court defending their inaction and continue to push for the expansion of Trans Mountain. Canadians do not want to see another orca die.  Will the minister issue an emergency order now and protect these whales?

Mr. Sean Casey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, ensuring the protection of Canada's oceans and the sustainability of marine life are key priorities for our government. Our government is committed to the protection of Canada's resident killer whales and the recovery of these populations. Our government is working in partnership with indigenous peoples, key stakeholders, international partners and the province of British Columbia on immediate actions to reduce the impact of marine shipping and assist in the recovery of southern resident killer whales.