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View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you to all of our witnesses for being here today to start off our committee study on what is a very important subject, and what has become even more important and more visible over the last year.
In the Criminal Code there are general offences for assault, for fraud, and for emotional abuse such as threats. The Protecting Canada's Seniors Act that was introduced by the former Conservative government, of which I was a part, implemented further protections for seniors by establishing sentencing principles that take into account the age, health, and financial situation of the victim.
Maybe Ms. Morency, you could expand a bit more on how defining elder abuse in the Criminal Code could build upon that act and establish further protections for seniors. I think this is something that we all care deeply about, but we want to make sure any actions we take will have a positive outcome.
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you.
You mentioned the financial offences, and I think those are becoming very prevalent. If other members are like me, they also often hear in their offices heartbreaking stories from seniors about being targeted by financial offences.
I had a call the other night from someone saying I needed to press “1” because there was some kind of major problem and I just had to enter my social insurance number. I mean, this is happening on a regular basis and the reason it happens is that somebody is pressing 1. A lot of us will just hang up now when we get those calls, but enough people are pressing 1 that seniors, as well as others, continue to be targeted.
I'm talking more about offences that take place by people who know the individual personally, people who are getting into a position of trust. Can you speak a bit to that, to some of the typical types of financial crimes that are committed against seniors?
View Rob Moore Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you.
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you very much.
Thanks to all of the witnesses here today. Fin, it's great to see you again.
Look, I come from New Brunswick, so my knowledge of the B.C. salmon industry is a little limited, but I know some of it. As just a quick comparison, here in New Brunswick, for example, or in Atlantic Canada, the Atlantic salmon is also in danger, if I can say that. There have been a lot of things done in the last couple of years to make sure that the returns were coming back. For example, in Greenland, they have a commercial fishery. There's was some big talk with some conservation associations, just like you guys, and they were able to lower the take in commercial fishing in Greenland.
If I take the land-based aquaculture aspect, I think all of you agree to have more land-based aquaculture. That's great. Again, the catch-and-release policy is in effect in New Brunswick, and I think it was the way to go, but if we just remove the net from the water and move to a land base without dealing with commercial fisheries, how are we going to make sure that all of the fish are going to come back?
Do you know what I mean? I think it's certainly a great idea to move to a land base, but at the same time, Mr. Hwang, how do we deal then with commercial fisheries if they want to have more quota or they want to have different methods of fishing? Is this something that you're thinking about at the same time as you're thinking about moving to a land base?
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
Does anybody else want to take that?
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
Fin, I would like to have your comment on that.
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
Go ahead, Mr. Hill.
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you very much for your great work. I hope there's some salmon left for me to fish for in those beautiful rivers and maybe swim with you, Fin, on the Fraser.
View Serge Cormier Profile
Lib. (NB)
View Richard Bragdon Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to each of the guests today. We so appreciate hearing the testimony that we have heard today.
I would like to address my first question to Mr. Donnelly.
Congratulations on your appointment, Mr. Donnelly. To be able to draw from both federal and provincial experience is great in the role you're serving in, for sure.
My colleague raised a couple of questions around the decision to transition away from open-net pens in the Discovery Islands, but my understanding from your testimony is that you were given no notification of that. I just want to follow up. When the B.C. government realized that there was no plan from the minister to support the transition that she had just initiated, how did the B.C. government respond?
View Richard Bragdon Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Donnelly.
In a follow-up to that, I think the more responsible approach would obviously be the proper and thorough engagement of all sectors, especially those that are going to be affected by these decisions on the front end, including municipalities and the indigenous communities that were affected, as well as the municipalities and the industry stakeholders and the farmers themselves.
With that in mind, do you believe that when the rug was pulled out from underneath them, there should have been a transition plan announced simultaneously, so that the sector, those whose livelihoods were directly affected and the communities that were directly affected didn't just have the announcement to deal with but had a transition plan to go with it? Are you encouraging your federal counterparts to come up with that plan in conjunction with you folks?
View Richard Bragdon Profile
CPC (NB)
View Richard Bragdon Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I think we can proceed with the drafting instructions prior to the minister appearing before the committee again, so that the analysts can get under way with the drafting. Then obviously the questions that may come to the minister may not be exclusively to the Pacific salmon study. They may be pertaining to other issues as well.
We're fine with it being after the drafting instructions.
View Richard Bragdon Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mel, and thank you, Mr. Chair.
I just wanted to make sure about this. I know there was an urgency around getting some clarity and certainty for our prawn harvesters. I know Mr. Johns is compelled by this as well, and other members of this committee. I know there's a statement. It pertained to, it seemed, this season exclusively, but for those who are in the prawn harvesting business, just one season alone is pretty hard on planning purposes. I think they would like to have more certainty for the longer term.
I'm wondering if the parliamentary secretary can bring more light to this or provide a little more clarity for the rest of us. I know we saw the statement today, but it seemed very much limited to just this season, and I think the prawn harvesters would like to have a bit more certainty than that as it relates to this change in the interpretation of the regulations. I look forward to hearing from the parliamentary secretary.
View Richard Bragdon Profile
CPC (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I just want to echo what Mr. Johns just said and what Mr. Arnold said.
We heard very emphatically and clearly from the harvesters. The prawn harvesters were very clear. This isn't just for this summer. They need certainty, and with COVID and what has happened, there is more than enough uncertainty out there for a lot of our harvesters and a lot of our working people.
If we can do something—and we know who can do something—and if the minister can do this right away and get this cleared up expeditiously, as quickly as possible, we will have gone a long way in helping these fish harvesters sleep a bit better at night and in solving a problem that's within the power of the government to solve quickly, rather than having further delays, more examinations, and further testimony. We don't need those things. We're all in agreement. This is just a matter of the minister making a decision and doing what's right for these harvesters.
Thank you.
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