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2015-06-16 11:25
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, Gord. It's Ryan here.
First, thank you very much for getting up so early to join us. I know what the time zones are like. Everybody on the west coast who appears before this committee has to get up early, but as they say, “The early bird gets the worm.” Hopefully we've set your path right for the day, so when you're out of here you can go fishing.
Would it surprise you to know that in 2010 there was a report from Environment Yukon, “Status of Yukon Fisheries 2010: An overview of the state of Yukon fisheries and the health of fish stocks, with special reference to fisheries management programs”, which puts the recreational fisheries industry in the Yukon at a $23 million a year benefit and contributor to Yukon's tourism?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:26
I imagine it would be up now because I think there's been some growth in the fisheries between 2010 and 2014.
You say, and I agree with you, that we need to do a bit more to maximize that recreational fisheries opportunity.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions where the federal government in particular could play a role in exposing the value of recreational fisheries, not just in Canada but particularly in the Yukon, to see a bit of that $23 million economic boost actually grow?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:28
More national engagement in recreational fishing opportunities, trying to get Canadians more engaged....
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:28
I appreciate that.
We went through the budgets not too long ago, and the federal government has a role to play in supporting the Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee. I know we've increased the financial resources to them.
We don't enjoy a tremendous recreational fishery opportunity because of the state of Yukon River salmon right now. That's obviously a particular concern to all Yukoners. Would you share with the committee the role that the Yukon Fish and Game Association plays in terms of its stocking program, both from a numbers point of view—how many salmon you release in Wolf Creek and other tributaries—and what the Yukon Fish and Game Association does in terms of engaging Yukon people and youth in that release program, to the benefit of Yukon River salmon?
Are there any other challenges or issues you might want to highlight that would be good for the committee to know about our Yukon River salmon, and recreational fishing opportunities for them?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:31
You mentioned a little bit earlier, in your opening remarks, non-native species. I know we don't allow live bait fishing in the Yukon. Is there a concern right now about aquatic invasive species? There's been some growth of that with changes in weather and the distribution of people. Is the Yukon facing any particular challenge of aquatic invasive species coming in?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:32
Fair enough.
The Yukon Fish and Game Association has representation on the hunter-angler advisory panel. Just generally speaking, how's the participation been on that panel, and how is its efficacy so far?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:33
Super.
Do you know how many members you have currently at the Yukon Fish and Game Association?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-16 11:33
Wow. Again, percentage-wise, there are 37,000 people in the territory, as you mentioned, so 900 members is an excellent proportional representation of the Yukon's population. In terms of angling licences sold, those are pretty impressive numbers.
The money from fishing licences sold in the Yukon goes into general revenue and not into particular fisheries conservation, is that right?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:34
You mentioned that you don't know the particular budget of the Yukon government with respect to dedicated resources for fishing and recreational fisheries. That would all be administered by which department?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-16 11:34
Okay, and you have a fairly close relationship at the fish and game association with the technicians, directors, and conservation officers as well.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-16 11:35
Thanks for that.
You and I have talked in the past about the recreational fisheries conservation partnerships program and just the challenges in stacking the provincial dollars, federal dollars, and other program dollars. There's been a recent change to it that allows for the stacking of those funds. I'm just wondering if you've been able to take advantage of that program at all at this point.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-16 11:36
Thank you for your time this morning, Gord.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-04 12:56
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all of our witnesses today.
Part of the purpose of our study is to expose some of the things that I think all of you gentlemen have clearly articulated today, which is a clear understanding on the part of the fishing community, outfitters, and organizations like yours that not only have the knowledge about what's going on in the fisheries ecosystems, but also invest your time and your financial resources, your volunteerism, and technical expertise into vibrant and healthy fish stocks.
On that point, thank you and congratulations. I hope there is some measure of success for all of us in undertaking this study, us, and that Canadians more generally will understand and appreciate the value of your organizations.
My first question will be for Mr. Lévesque and Mr. Bouchard. You noted, and if I've written this correctly, the damage of pleasure crafts to the river mouth and the reduction of currents leading to an increase in cyanobacteria in the area and, as you just mentioned, some of the migration of yellow perch. You also spoke a fair bit about the cormorant populations and a cull in that respect.
I see some overlap here between provincial responsibilities and federal support. I'm wondering if you can talk most specifically about some solutions around how to deal with the pleasure craft issue and the other things that lead to an increase in cyanobacteria. In other words, what solutions would you propose that would fall under the federal mandate to assist with improving the water pollution conditions in Lac Saint-Louis or Lac Saint-Pierre?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-04 13:00
Thank you.
Mr. Plourde, you were mentioning a number of outfitters and you described non-exclusive and exclusive outfits—non-exclusive operating on crown lands, and exclusive ranging in size.
Could you expand on the typical regions in which these exclusive and non-exclusive businesses operate in the province, and maybe on what the typical demographic of the community they support would look like? Are they small or medium-sized communities? How important are these businesses to the vibrant nature of those communities?
Additionally, if you know, what size are the supporting industries, such as tackle shops, hotels, gas stations, and the baitfish market, and how important are those to the communities and indeed the entire province of Quebec?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 16:22
Indeed, thank you, Ms. Charlton.
Thank you to our guests today. I was actually pretty interested in some of the questions one of my colleagues asked around your efficiencies and GHG reduction plans. You were very well prepared for that question, so congratulations on those initiatives. I think they're great.
We've talked a lot about program and service delivery. I think you would agree that a lot of the programs you're doing are wonderful, but we're nowhere without our employees at times, are we? I see here that you have a seemingly relatively small number of $0.3 million related to the employee benefits plan. I'm just wondering if you could expand a little bit on what that investment is for and what it will do.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 16:23
Perfect.
Going back to the targeted geoscience initiative, you note on page 11 of your speaking points that there are 730 publicly available documents and that there were over 500 scientific presentations at conferences, workshops, and events. You note specifically that it is helping industry in the development and planning of their exploration activities. Perhaps I'll give you an opportunity to expand on that a little bit.
I'm also curious; when you're doing 500 scientific presentations and producing 730 documents, I would assume that within those presentations, within those documents, there is community uptake in this as well. We spend a lot of time talking about community consultation when we discuss responsible resource development plans. That includes our aboriginal communities' participation.
How broadly were those presentations available? Were they centralized in a particular part of Canada, or were they vastly used across Canada? What level, that you know of, did engage community uptake and not just industry uptake on these presentations?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-06-02 11:39
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to both our witnesses.
Mr. Fordham, I'm the member of Parliament for Yukon, about as far west from Newfoundland and Labrador as you can possibly get in this country, so forgive me for not being completely familiar with the regulations you deal with. I'll ask some questions around that just so that I and other members of the committee might have a full appreciation of some of the specific provincial and federal legislation that you work with.
Before I ask that, I was just wondering how many members of the Federation of Hunters and Anglers there are in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:41
Fair enough. I know groups and organizations like yours are very important. As you say, a small group can be mighty in their sweat equity contributions and their personal financial investments. We've heard that from a number of witnesses right across the country, that even small groups can make a significant contribution to fisheries.
I know you spend a lot of time speaking about groundfisheries, which are clearly important for you. I'm wondering from a recreational point of view, are there any inland freshwater fisheries in your province that people pursue with species other than salmon in the ocean and the groundfisheries?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:42
Has your group had any opportunity, or do you know of any group in your province, that has had the ability to utilize the recreational fisheries conservation partnerships program that our government introduced a couple of years ago? It's on the inland side.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:43
Great. Would you happen to know the number of annual licences sold in the province for the recreational piece, the inland fisheries? Do those licence sales just go into general provincial revenues, or is there any direct allocation back into the enhancement of inland fisheries conservation? I guess that would be a provincial decision, but we're just curious.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:45
That's a fair point.
When you were talking about the recreational food fisheries portion and about extended seasons and total allowable catch, does that total allowable catch and the season extensions and the licensing apply relatively equally to non-resident and resident anglers, or is there a difference between the two? I know there's a non-resident licence, and I would assume there's a different licence fee for that, but are non-residents subject to the same catch and possession limits as residents?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:46
How about for groundfish?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:47
That's a fair point. Thank you.
So I have a handle on the differentiation between catch and possession limits, if you catch and possess your allocation and you hit five a day and then there's a certain period you're allowed to have them in your possession, once you bring those fish back to your home and they are in your freezer, or salted, or processed in one way or another, is that still in your possession limit, or does that eliminate your possession and you could have more? How does that work in your province?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:48
Correct, yes.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-02 11:49
It did, thank you.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 15:59
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to all of you, for your presentations today.
Ms. Berube, you mentioned the construction change in the national building code, the six-storey change. That's obviously going to generate construction growth, as you mentioned. Is that the ceiling or is that just the starting point?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 16:01
That's perfect.
Mr. Archambault, is this the kind of R and D you would be involved in, as well, construction above...?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 16:02
That's super.
You heard Mr. Innes' comments about the sustainable forest. Do you have any role to play? I think it was an important comment that he made that Canadians need to know that the end product has a sustainable supply and that there is some advocacy or some reasonable support of that. What kind of work do you do to educate Canadians on that, and how confident are you on that?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 16:03
I don't have tons of time, but maybe if I could just touch on each one of you starting in this order and ending with Mr. Innes. Could you each just comment on what role the federal government can play if we are to have world-class sustainability? What role can the federal government play in helping to get that message out and to educate the consumer, both domestically and internationally, that Canada's forests are well sustained?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 16:05
Definitely. Thank you.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 17:18
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much for your testimony. In respect to the spruce budworm, you mentioned the federal government could be involved in helping to combat the epidemic in that respect. I'm just wondering—
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 17:19
Perfect.
Is there another opportunity as well with the forest resources that have been affected by the spruce budworm? I'm thinking of the pulp and paper biomass, anything like that.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 17:20
Merci.
It would seem that utilization is good so that we don't have the continued and dead standing forest where the spruce budworm can continue to go. At the same time we find some sort of economic opportunity for those communities in respect to biomass. If the federal government were involved with the provincial government in combatting it specifically, what efforts would you recommended or take? Would it be a fire smart program, or would it be some other sort of biochemical solution to this?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 11:50
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you for your presentation, Mr. Baril.
You mentioned in your opening remarks the memberships and the major economic impact of angling. You briefly touched on the highly populated areas in Quebec. I think what we tend to hear, and what we often assume, is that angling is very much a rural Canadian activity.
I would like you to have an opportunity to expand a little more on your comments about how important the economic value is to highly populated regions of your province and perhaps what the demographics of your membership look like in terms of city-based people participating in angling and outdoor pursuits and activities.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 11:54
Thank you.
You also mentioned that there's a projected future decline in the angling population. I think you were alluding to the fact that education is very important to make sure we don't lose a generation of people on the streams who can be our stewards of the land, observe the conservation efforts that are needed, prevent poaching. If you had a recommendation...?
How important is it, and what suggestion would you have, for provincial and federal governments to partner with associations like yours to improve and expand upon the necessary education to make sure we don't see a decline in the very important stewards we have out there on our lakes and rivers?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 11:56
Thank you.
You've been at this business a long time and have been a major part of this. Do you recall a time in your past when provincial and federal governments have put so much attention on outdoor and angling pursuits with hunting and angling advisory panels? How important do you feel this is, that you and groups like your association have an opportunity to present your position to the federal government?
Is it just nice to have, or is it, in your mind, an essential opportunity for hunting and angling communities?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-12 11:58
Thank you.
You have a biology background. I'm just wondering what threats there are from your point of view in the province of Quebec or anywhere else in Canada that we need to be aware of from a biological perspective, and what opportunities we have. What benefits are we seeing from the point of view of biology that will allow growth in recreational angling opportunities in Canada?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 11:59
Do you see any specific threat to fish species or habitat right now that the federal government needs to focus on, and are there biological benefits that we could maximize?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-12 12:01
Thank you.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 17:13
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you all.
Some of the testimony was interesting. It was pretty technical and very different from what we've heard in this study so far. It's going to be an excellent addition to what we've already heard.
I'm just wondering if I could ask a question of each of you, if we have the time to go through it. It's perhaps a bit of a pie-in-the-sky question, but maybe you'll be succinct. What do you see Canada having right now that no other country has that we can build on? I don't mean to restrict that to the raw resource itself, but include innovation, skills, human resources, diversity, political action, volumes of product, policies, or legislation. You can run the gamut if you want. Where does Canada stand in terms of the one thing nobody else in the world has?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-07 17:15
Thank you.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-07 17:16
Thank you.
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-07 17:17
Thank you.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 11:58
Great.
Thank you to both of our witnesses for appearing today. We've certainly heard a lot of similar comments from many of our witnesses in terms of the dollars invested by conservation groups, angling groups in particular, back into stream and fisheries restoration and habitat. It was interesting, actually, to hear some commentary that was I think new in terms of the value or potential challenges with hatcheries being the default go-to. So that certainly was important for us to hear. It's great to have a little bit different input into this study as we start to move forward now.
I'm going to ask you both, in terms of very specific recommendations, if you had your choice of one or two that you would make to this committee to move forward, what would they be? I say that in light of the one realization that a good portion of fisheries management falls in the hands of provincial governments. Is there anything specific we can do to partner up with our provincial counterparts so as not to step on their toes in terms of that inland fisheries piece? It is the same with wildlife: we have a certain federal role, but always it seems to be provincially dominated.
If both had an opportunity, or had a specific recommendation for the committee, what would those be as we go forward?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 12:02
Thank you.
Go ahead, Mr. Melnik.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 12:03
Thank you. You both made very good points.
What do you see as the largest challenge facing fisheries in Canada today?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 12:05
That's a good point.
Go ahead, Mr. Melnik.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 12:06
That's excellent.
Mr. Chair, how much time do I have left?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 12:06
Good. I still have a bit of time.
Thank you both for those points. It's interesting when we look at the numbers. Some of us have known them for a long time. They're staggering in terms of both GDP contribution and participation hours, and then, of course, the subsequent conservation benefits that come from angling groups and organizations.
It's interesting, though. Maybe you have some insight into why this would be the case; I know you've touched on the marketing piece a little bit. You can go into most shops and see fishing poles. You see them in Canadian Tire and in sports stores; and fishing is well branded in magazines. But when we speak with fishing groups, which we do a lot of, and we tell them that more Canadians fish than play golf and hockey combined, even anglers are stunned by these metrics.
Is it just so overt that we take it for granted? Or what are we missing in terms of even angling groups not understanding the impact they themselves have on all these fields?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-07 12:08
Thank you both.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:22
Mr. Crabbe, thank you, and welcome to committee today.
I appreciate your observations on the recreational fisheries conservation partnership fund. Initially it was a little more of a challenge to access it, largely because, as you mentioned, the stacking of the partner dollars from any other level of government would exclude you from taking advantage of that. Of course, members of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus and members coming from the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel heard the comment about that being a limitation to the recreational fisheries fund, and that has been changed now. So groups like yours can share provincial dollars as well as that federal funding and can stack it in order to maximize your use of that program.
Of course, you did say you made those changes to the way you've aligned it. But just so you know, those changes have been made, and indeed you can stack those provincial dollars with the recreational fisheries program now.
As I mentioned, in part it did come from the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel, and I'm just wondering whether Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation has representation on the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:24
How has that been so far in terms of representing angling interests and recreational fishing? Obviously there are going to be some learning curves along the way, but as a starting point, how beneficial has that been to exposing your federation's concerns?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:25
In your opening remarks you mentioned a little bit about what recreational fishing brings to Canadian quality of life. We often talk about its contribution to conservation, and we try our best to celebrate the great work that people in the outdoors, particularly with angling and hunting pursuits, do for conservation.
The one thing that does get overlooked a little bit, I think—and I'll invite you to comment—is its contribution to the community, and what recreational angling opportunities provide for community growth, family growth, and positive and healthy engagement for youth in the community. Do you have any specific examples of how you engage youth? Also, what is your own personal position on the value of outdoor pursuits to healthy and prosperous communities?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-05 11:27
Thank you for that. It's an interesting program and an interesting program name.
There is a focus on outdoor pursuits now, when you consider the hunting and angling advisory panel, the recreational fisheries partnership fund that's now going to total $50 million in just a handful of years, this study on recreational fishing by the parliamentary committee, the one going on currently in the environment committee on the value of hunting to conservation, and MP Norlock successfully introducing a private member's bill enacting a national day respecting hunting and trapping and heritage culture. I've been involved in hunting, angling, trapping, and outdoor pursuits my entire life as well, and I don't ever recall a time when a government has focused so much on outdoor pursuits.
I have a twofold question. Do you recall a time when the federal government has been as actively involved in celebrating and promoting and supporting hunting, angling, trapping, and outdoor pursuits in the past? Two, largely because we align these things as provincial responsibilities—most often wildlife management, wildlife laws, wildlife investment, conservation investment come at the provincial level—do you think it's just nice to have the federal government paying attention to this? Is it something we need to have, or do you believe it's essential that the federal government be involved in the way it is in this kind of discussion now?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:30
In your licence sale program, which is probably much like some of the other provinces I have experience with, you have 250,000 anglers, including all licences, not just licence sales. I guess what I'm driving at is that you offer free licences for children under a particular age and for seniors over another age, but this 250,000 encapsulates all of them as well.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:30
So the percentage of anglers in the population is fairly significant.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:30
In terms of your local communities, I know you mentioned about $400 million in economic growth in Saskatchewan from angling pursuits, if I've got the number right. Does that number include direct and indirect economic return?
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:31
So that includes hotels and fuel purchases and weekend stays in communities and meals and travel.
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CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-05-05 11:31
Excellent. You mentioned you've got a lot of lakes in Saskatchewan and that you've got a couple of neighbouring provinces that have equal opportunities in terms of outdoor pursuits. Does your federation get involved much in promoting or marketing Saskatchewan as a destination point for recreational fishing opportunities?
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CPC (YT)
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2015-05-05 11:33
Thank you for your time.
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