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View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our guests for being here.
I will direct my question to Mr. Gillis. I believe he would be the person who can, hopefully, answer this question.
Previous iterations of Bill S-238 have come before the House and have not passed. That would be Bill C-380 in the 41st Parliament, Bill C-251 in this Parliament and now Bill S-238. Would you have studied the previous iterations of the ban on shark finning, and if so, could you tell us primarily where the difference between those—
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Sure, absolutely. Thank you.
Our colleague across the way could probably tell me.
It's just interesting to know what the differences and little nuances were in the previous pieces on this issue.
Mr. Gillis, you mentioned in your presentation that shark-fin imports have declined over 50% since 2005. What's the primary driver of that decline? Is it public perception? Is it a turn in the public...?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Going back to the question that our colleague asked—and forgive me, but I didn't have my earpiece in place, so I missed a good portion of what you were saying—we know that Bill C-68 has adopted a lot of this bill's content.
How much of Bill S-238 has it primarily adopted? Did I hear you correctly that subsections 32(1) and 32(2) of the Fisheries Act have been amended completely?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay, so they didn't include any derivatives.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
I'm going to be very blunt and just ask the question.
In your opinion, is Bill S-238 needed to bring this up?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Is it needed to bring us up to international standards?
We've said that Bill S-238 has been primarily adopted by another piece of legislation. Is it failing in any areas? Is Bill C-68 failing in any area that is captured by Bill S-238?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay, so the intent of Bill S-238 has been met in other pieces of legislation.
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay.
I think you captured that this would also not impact any Canadian fishery. Is that correct?
View Todd Doherty Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay.
Does the shark-fin industry—again, pardon my ignorance—have something like sustainable cod?
Fogo Island is an area of Newfoundland where they line their cod in. It's now sustainably caught. Does the shark industry or the shark finning industry have a sustainably caught product? Is there a way that this product could come into Canada through a loophole because it has been sustainably caught?
View Mel Arnold Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'm just looking for a little bit of clarification, and then I'll share my time with Mr. Calkins.
Mr. Gillis, I picked up on one word you used this afternoon, and that was “naturally” attached. The term could have significant meaning in this bill. When I read the latest publication of the bill, it simply says:
...parts of shark fins that are not attached to a shark carcass, or any derivatives of shark fins.
Did you use the word “naturally” attached?
View Mel Arnold Profile
CPC (BC)
It was not strategic. Could that potentially be a problem with this bill? Could someone simply use a big safety pin to attach fins to a shark if they are unnaturally attached?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mel.
Thank you to the officials for being here. This is interesting.
First I would like some clarification. We've had the discussion about the difference between Bill S-238 and Bill C-68, but what is the difference between Bill S-238 and Bill C-68 and the current regulatory environment? Is there enough of a discrepancy that we're actually substantively changing anything in the Canadian practice insofar as shark finning is concerned?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
It could be said, then, that the legislation is simply enshrining in the legislative framework what we already have in place as a regulatory practice. Would that be a fair summation?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. That's what I am asking you.
Are you saying this legislation, either through Bill C-68 or Bill S-238, if they pass, will actually enhance the current environment and strengthen the regime?
Mr. Paul Gillis: Yes, that's correct.
Mr. Blaine Calkins: That's fine. Great.
The question I have for you is this. You mentioned that the enforcement would probably lie strictly with the Environment Canada officials and the Canada Border Services Agency officials. However, you did indicate that commercial fishermen or other fishermen may find that they have caught a shark. I've caught many sharks deep-sea fishing myself in Canada's coastal waters.
What is the opportunity for a fisheries officer from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to enforce any of this legislation, and do they have ex-officio status for the wild animal and plant protection legislation, or do they simply have status under the Fisheries Act ?
View Blaine Calkins Profile
CPC (AB)
Okay. It's not illegal to catch a shark because, as you've said, bycatch is allowed, so then we're to assume that the only shark meat in the Canadian marketplace, should this bill come to pass, would be fish caught in Canadian waters, period.
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