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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 114
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 11:03 a.m. to 12:56 p.m.
Ken McDonald, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Michael Chalupovitsch, Analyst
• Thai Nguyen, Analyst
Canadian Whale Institute
• Moira Brown, Senior Scientist
Coastal Ocean Research Institute
• Lance Barrett-Lennard, Director, Marine Mammal Research Program
Georgia Strait Alliance
• Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director
Orca Conservancy
• David Bain, Chief Scientist
Research and Education group on Marine Mammals
• Robert Michaud, Scientific Director
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the Committee resumed its study on the situation of endangered whales (M-154).

Christianne Wilhelmson, by videoconference from Vancouver, British Columbia, David Bain, by videoconference from Tothell, Washington, Moira Brown, by videoconference from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Robert Michaud, by videoconference from Quebec, Quebec, and Lance Barrett-Lennard, by teleconference from Vancouver, British Columbia, made statements.

Moira Brown and David Bain answered questions.


Mel Arnold moved, — That, whereas indigenous recreational and commercial fisheries are highly valued in Canada and whereas invasive species pose a significant threat to native aquatic species, such as salmon, whales, and the habitats that sustain them, and whereas invasive species pose a significant threat to ecosystems, the environment, and economies, that the Committee undertake a study to examine the aquatic invasive species (AIS) component of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans oceans protection program and the objectives of examining the AIS resources and mandate to assess: a) the Department's resources dedicated to preventing and eliminating aquatic invasive species; and b) whether such resources are distributed across Canada in an equitable and consistent manner and whether the AIS program has the resources required to be effective in its mandate.

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

Robert Michaud, Christianne Wilhelmson, Lance Barrett-Lennard, David Bain and Moira Brown answered questions.

At 12:43 p.m., Todd Doherty took the Chair.

At 12:45 p.m., Ken McDonald took the Chair

At 12:56 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Nancy Vohl
Clerk of the Committee