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The Federal Election and Wild Salmon

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Earlier this year, we approached Members of Parliament known to cover salmon issues (from each of the major federal parties running candidates in B.C.), to learn more about their platforms ahead of the 2015 Federal election.

We also wanted to make them aware of your collective voices by presenting them with our  2500-signature petition to implement the recommendations of the $37 million Cohen Inquiry and over 500 written comments in response to the new salmon farms proposed for Clio Channel.

We met with:

  • Fin Donnelly, NDP [Port Moody-Coquitlam]
  • Joyce Murray’s constituency assistant, Liberal [Vancouver Quadra]                                                             (Joyce was unable to attend at the last minute)
  • Elizabeth May, Green [Saanich-Gulf Islands]
  • Unfortunately, after repeated meeting requests via email and phone, we did not get a response from John Duncan, Conservative [Vancouver Island North]

 

Our approach was simple, we asked them all a few questions.

Here’s a summary of what each of them said:

What’s your party’s platform with regard to wild salmon for the upcoming election?

Fin Donnelly (NDP)

  • Support community-based co-op management of harvest allocation for wild salmon by watershed
  • First Nations need to be key players

 

Joyce Murray Office (Liberal)

  • Conduct a review of Fisheries Act changes via C-38 and restore lost protections, and incorporate more modern safeguards
  • First Nations will be included in the reshaping of federal environmental laws and policies
  • Will increase protected marine and coastal areas from 1.3 percent to 5 percent by 2017, and 10 percent by 2020

 

Elizabeth May (Green)

  • Ensuring DFO does its job in protecting wild fish
  • Focus on climate change and ocean acidification
  • Bring back the old Fisheries Act (pre C-38)
  • More funding for local restoration groups and stream-keepers

 

John Duncan (Conservative)

  • No response

 

With regard to Cohen Commission Recommendations?

Fin Donnelly (NDP),  Joyce Murray (Liberal), Elizabeth May (Green)

  • Implement them

 

John Duncan (Conservative)

  • No response

 

Do you support the proposed open net farming expansion?

Fin Donnelly (NDP)

  • No

 

Joyce Murray Office (Liberal)

  • They don’t have a specific platform on this at this point

 

Elizabeth May (Green)

  • No

 

John Duncan (Conservative)

  • No response

 

What would your government do about the proposed open-net farming expansion?

 

Fin Donnelly (NDP)

  • Transition the open-net salmon farming industry to closed containment. Tom Mulcair has agreed to this, though the timeline for a transition is still undecided. The transition would initially occur along wild salmon routes  [note: nearly all areas in B.C. are “wild salmon routes”] and eventually across all salmon farming areas (i.e. West Coast of Vancouver Island)

 

Joyce Murray Office (Liberal)

  • No specific party platform on this subject at this point

 

Elizabeth May (Green)

  • Transition the open-net industry to closed containment
  • Remove DFO’s mandate to promote the salmon farming industry

 

John Duncan (Conservative)

  • No response

 

3 Responses to The Federal Election and Wild Salmon

  1. Joanne Eriksson says:

    Justice Cohen’s recommendations should be taken seriously and the Fisheries Act be reenacted to what it was prior to the Harper Gov’t’s shenanigans.

  2. Bruce Webber says:

    what party will recognize the value of small streams and rivers for each coastal community ?
    the health and well being of these are the communities lifeblood and pride
    a sustainable resource program should be introduced at the elementary and high school level for stream management and awareness

  3. Jack Minard says:

    John Duncan, where are you on this issue? I am totally amazed you did not deign to answer these questions. I can only surmise that you simply don’t care…?

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