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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 112
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:31 p.m. to 5:29 p.m.
Presiding
Ken McDonald, Chair (Liberal)

• Harold Albrecht for Blaine Calkins (Conservative)
• Majid Jowhari for Colin Fraser (Liberal)
• Robert Sopuck for Todd Doherty (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Michael Chalupovitsch, Analyst
• Thai Nguyen, Analyst
Office of the Auditor General
• Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
• Sharon Clark, Principal
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Spring 2018.

The Commissioner made a statement and, with Sharon Clark, answered questions.

Motion

Mel Arnold moved, — That, whereas, the Spring 2018 report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development examining salmon farming stated that:

A) the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency “did not have a formal process to share information about aquatic animal health,”

B) “[CFIA] officials noted they shared information with [DFO] officials at headquarters, but that this was not always transmitted to [DFO] staff in the regions,”; and

Whereas, the same report recommends “Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should clarify their roles and responsibilities for managing emerging disease risks to mitigate potential impacts of salmon farming on wild fish.” and

Whereas, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency both agreed with this recommendation in the report.;

That, the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans undertake up to two meetings before March 1, 2019 and invite officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide the Committee with updates on their progress in achieving their commitments.

Debate arose thereon.

At 4:18 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:20 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The debate continued.

It was agreed, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “March 1” with the words “March 31".

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, whereas, the Spring 2018 report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development examining salmon farming stated that:

A) the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency “did not have a formal process to share information about aquatic animal health,”

B) “[CFIA] officials noted they shared information with [DFO] officials at headquarters, but that this was not always transmitted to [DFO] staff in the regions,”; and

whereas, the same report recommends “Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency should clarify their roles and responsibilities for managing emerging disease risks to mitigate potential impacts of salmon farming on wild fish.” and

whereas, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency both agreed with this recommendation in the report.;

that the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans undertake up to two meetings before March 31, 2019 and invite officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to provide the Committee with updates on their progress in achieving their commitments.

Office of the Auditor General
• Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
• Elsa Da Costa, Director
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Fall 2018.

The Commissioner made a statement and, with Elsa Da Costa, answered questions.

At 5:29 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Nancy Vohl
Clerk of the Committee