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View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Minister Kenney, you recently returned from a visit to Iraq, where you visited our men and women in uniform. Based on that trip and other information you might have, could you provide us with an update on Operation Impact to date?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Let me ask you this, Minister. The list you provided is impressive and shows CAF activity in the region. We're going to recess here very shortly. What about the outcomes?
I see a map in front of all of us that shows what appears to be ISIS territory diminishing, but at the same time we're seeing reports where another city fell. When we're home in our districts and folks are asking us about the mission and what the impact is of our involvement with our allies in the area and whether the situation is getting better, how would you describe it?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Can you talk a bit about the morale of the men and women in uniform who are serving in the region you visited recently?
View John Williamson Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I am interested in this issue, especially in the second part of the motion. I think, and the comments we have heard so far indicate, that this is not something we should rush. That is why I think it would be better to deal with the matter in the next Parliament.
View Rodney Weston Profile
CPC (NB)
View Rodney Weston Profile
2015-06-16 11:08
I call this meeting to order. I'd like to thank our guest for joining us today.
Mr. Zealand, we've been trying to connect here for a little bit. We certainly do appreciate your patience in working with us to try to make the accommodation work for all involved.
As you're aware, our study is on recreational fisheries in Canada. We certainly appreciate your taking the time to meet with the committee members to make a presentation and answer committee members' questions. I'm sure our clerk has already advised you that we generally allow about 10 minutes for opening comments and remarks before we proceed to questions and answers. Members are constrained by a certain timeframe, and in light of that, I'd ask you to try to keep your responses as concise as possible to allow as many questions as possible throughout the process.
Whenever you're ready, Mr. Zealand, if you'd like to go ahead and make your opening comments, we'd certainly appreciate it. The floor is yours.
View Rodney Weston Profile
CPC (NB)
View Rodney Weston Profile
2015-06-16 11:14
Thank you very much, Mr. Zealand.
We'll move to the question-and-answer period. We'll start off with a 10-minute round. We'll lead off with Mr. Chisholm.
View Rodney Weston Profile
CPC (NB)
View Rodney Weston Profile
2015-06-16 11:25
Thank you, Mr. Cleary.
Mr. Leef.
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
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?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
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?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-16 11:28
More national engagement in recreational fishing opportunities, trying to get Canadians more engaged....
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
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?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
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?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
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?
View Ryan Leef Profile
CPC (YT)
View Ryan Leef Profile
2015-06-16 11:33
Super.
Do you know how many members you have currently at the Yukon Fish and Game Association?
View Ryan Leef Profile
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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