IN THE HOUSE ~ SAVE OUR WILD SALMON / AGIR DÈS MAINTENANT POUR SAUVER NOS SAUMONS SAUVAGES
November 20th, 2009 - 9:00am
WINNING THE JUDICIAL INQUIRY FOR THE SALMON CRISIS IS A GREAT FIRST STEP TO SAVING OUR WILD SALMON
Thank you for your exceptional participation in our campaign to pressure the Conservative government to launch an independent judicial inquiry into the wild salmon crisis in the Fraser River. In just a few weeks my office received thousands of signatures to the petition calling for the inquiry into the collapse of wild salmon stocks, which we presented to Parliament. Petitions are still flowing in.
Success could not have been possible without your support and the tireless efforts of Alexandra Morton of the Raincoast Research Society and other activists and scientists. Governments are known to bend under public pressure, and the current minority government is no different, in fact minority governments give us a unique opportunity to reflect the will of the majority. Our efforts through many press conferences, massive letters and petitions, and rallies forced the government to concede and launch a judicial inquiry under Judge Cohen to address the wild salmon crisis.
However, the launch of the judicial inquiry is only phase one of this important battle; there are issues that can be addressed now, such as the destruction of habitat, sea lice infestation, predation and bacterial and viral epidemic. This is not an opportunity for the government to sit on its hands for the next two years until the final report is submitted. This is why I have launched a new petition (attached or download here) that demands that the government take action against the aforementioned issues.
As you may know, Fin Donnelly has become our new NDP Fisheries critic. Fin was elected in the recent by-election in New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody. He is taking over the salmon file and replacing Peter Stoffer MP for Sackville–Eastern Shore, who is now the associate Fisheries critic for the East Coast.
Finn brings tremendous strength to our fight for the protection of our wild Salmon resources, as he has worked extensively in the Fraser River community. But of course, I will l remain very active and work closely with Fin on this issue.
Please take a look at the new petition (please scroll down for new petitions) and feel free to circulate it. It is important to present these petitions regularly in the House to help keep the issue at the forefront and hold the federal government accountable in spite of the shameful prorogation of Parliament.
Thank you once again for your continued supportin this campaign.
Thank you for your support of our wild salmon!
Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE NEW PETITION ~ SAVE OUR WILD SALMON ~ calling on the federal government to facilitate a greater involvement by communities and First Nations in fisheries resource management by encouraging a truly cooperative community based co-managed fishery system as an important step toward the long term conservation and sustainability of this precious resource. (available in both official languages)
IN THE NEWS ~ Judicial Inquiry to look into B.C. salmon fishery http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/872
IN THE NEWS ~ NDP Is Right to Call for Sockeye Inquiry http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/868
IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ wild salmon crisis http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/869
IN THE NEWS ~ NDP CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL INQUIRY ON SALMON CRISIS http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/862
IN THE NEWS ~ Julian says 'crisis' needs better response; Local MP says DFO not taking problem seriously http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/852
IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ Wild salmon crisis http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/857
IN THE HOUSE ~ Application for Emergency Debate ~ on the collapse of the sockeye salmon run in British Colombia http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/847
IN THE NEWS ~ MP wants summit on salmon http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/843
NEWS ~ NEW DEMOCRATS DEMAND ACTION FROM FISHERIES MINISTER http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/834
IN THE NEWS ~ Mysterious disappearance of millions of sockeye salmon in Western Canada / Mystérieuse disparition de millions de saumons rouges dans l'ouest du Canada http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/835
DON’T LET WILD SALMON FOLLOW COD INTO OBLIVION ~ NE LAISSEZ PAS LE SAUMON SUBIR LE MÊME SORT QUE LA MORUE http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/828
IN THE NEWS ~ Aquaculture ruling won't affect N.B. for now; Ottawa ordered to take over regulation of B.C. fish farms http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/723
IN THE NEWS ~ Ottawa unprepared for fish farms; B.C. NDP critic fears Tories have no plan to deal with issue http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/722
IN THE NEWS ~ Federal government working with B.C. to manage aquaculture: fisheries minister http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/node/724