IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on the sockeye salmon species on the Pacific Coast
September 14th, 2009 - 8:49pm
40th Parliament, 1st Session
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP):
"Mr. Speaker, nine million sockeye salmon vanished during this summer's migration to the Fraser River. A drop of the same magnitude is the collapse of the Atlantic cod; nothing less than a catastrophe.Yet the minister has evaded responsibility in taking no effective action.
Courts have clearly ruled that the management of west coast fisheries is a federal responsibility and the government must make it a top priority.
Will the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans convene immediately an emergency summit on salmon in B.C. with all stakeholder groups including local governments, fishers, first nations, environmental organizations and put in place an action plan now?"
Hon. Gail Shea (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, CPC): "Mr. Speaker, we are concerned about the low return of sockeye salmon in British Columbia and conservation, I can tell the House, is our number one priority.
I want to inform the hon. member that I have been out to British Columbia just last weekend and had a meeting with a number of industry stakeholders and we will plan the best way forward from there.
I have had a round table with them and they presented plenty of ideas for discussion. Therefore we will be planning a way forward from discussions with the industry."