Fin in the House: Will the Prime Minister commit today to transition salmon farms to land?

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, recently a Liberal MP said, “The time has come to transition to closed containment salmon aquaculture in British Columbia.” I could not agree more. Canada is well positioned to become a world leader in closed containment, but we need action now. Globally, money is being invested in land-based salmon farming. Florida, for instance, is building a 90,000-ton facility. It is time for Canada to invest in a safe, sustainable industry that protects wild salmon and employment, develops new technologies, jobs, and export opportunities.

    Will the Prime Minister commit today to transition these farms to land?


Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we have tasked the federal science advisor to actually look into the question of aquaculture so we can make evidence-based policy moves going forward, but I would highlight to my colleague from the NDP that he should have a conversation with his provincial counterparts, if he is not fighting with them as they are with their provincial counterparts in Alberta, because they just approved continued tenure for aquaculture farms. That is the decision on the provincial side and we know there are significant concerns that we are moving forward—