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View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-06-03 15:39
Good afternoon, everyone.
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Bill S-238, an act to amend the Fisheries Act and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (importation and exportation of shark fins), with regard to clause-by-clause consideration, there was nothing changed.
Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of clause 1, the short title and preamble, is postponed.
I will call the vote.
(Clauses 2 to 4 inclusive agreed to)
The Chair: Shall the short title carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Shall the preamble carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Shall the title carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Shall the bill carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Shall the chair report the bill to the House?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-06-03 15:40
That was short and sweet.
Now we'll suspend for a minute to go in camera.
[Proceedings continue in camera]
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-05-08 16:23
Hearing nothing else, I'll call the question on the motion.
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: Thank you, Mr. Donnelly.
Now we'll get into our questioning of the witnesses.
For the first round, on the government side, Mr. Rogers.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-04-02 15:31
Good afternoon, everyone.
Welcome to your fisheries and oceans committee meeting this afternoon, pursuant to the standing order of reference of Friday, February 1, 2019, Bill S-203, an act to amend the Criminal Code and other acts, in regard to ending the captivity of whales and dolphins.
We have some witnesses here today, in case there are any questions as we go through.
From DFO, we have Mr. Burns, who is the director general of fisheries resource management. We also have, from the Department of the Environment, Ms. Caceres, who is the manager of international biodiversity for the Canadian wildlife service. From the Department of Justice, we have Ms. Klineberg, who is senior counsel with the criminal law policy section.
Before I start, I have a short statement to read, based on some things that happened over the past few days. I want to let all members around this table know that I was advised, as chair, that there was an article published yesterday morning about this bill. Within this article there were details that address the amendments package that was distributed to members of this committee in confidence.
I would just remind all members that any confidential documents that are circulated and the information that is within them are to remain confidential until they are moved or made public by this committee. They are not to be seen by any journalist, member of the public or other parliamentarian who is not entitled to have access to them. I want this simply to serve as a reminder to all members of this committee.
We'll start clause-by-clause consideration.
Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of clause 1, the short title, is postponed.
(On clause 2)
The Chair: On amendment CPC-0.1, Mr. Doherty.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-04-02 15:49
Hearing no further discussion, I will call the vote on the proposed amendment.
(Amendment negatived)
The Chair: Shall clause 2 carry?
Mr. Fraser.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-04-02 16:00
We dealt with CPC-3.2, which was defeated, so therefore we move to CPC-3.3. If it had been approved, we wouldn't bring forward CPC-3.3. I think you jumped ahead a little bit.
View Ken McDonald Profile
Lib. (NL)
View Ken McDonald Profile
2019-04-02 16:06
Okay. We have heard the amendment and the subamendment. The difference is that the subamendment gives a definite date of January 1, 2021.
(Subamendment negatived)
(Amendment negatived)
The Chair: Shall the short title carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Shall the title carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Shall the bill carry?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
An hon. member: On division.
The Chair: Shall the chair report the bill to the House?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: It's done. Thank you.
Hearing no further business—
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Before we deal with LIB-1.1, I'd like to ask permission to propose subsection 6(3), an amendment to this LIB-1.1.
As a proposed subsection, 6.3 reads:
The major fish stock referred to in sections 6.1 and 6.2 are to be prescribed by regulations.
That would be incorporated in LIB-1.1.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
There's one correction in the French version. Pat is going to make a comment on that.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Overall, if you look at the total amendment, it's primarily aimed at dealing with issues around stock conservation and endangered stocks. I'll use for example the cod fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador right now. It was a major decline in 2018. Obviously, the minister has to take steps to monitor what's happening with that fishery, managing it, and this amendment is aimed to try to promote proper management, keeping conservation uppermost in mind and trying to minimize any future damage to that kind of a stock.
The subamendment I introduced, the 6.3, was added because we felt as we reviewed this amendment that there needed to be some kind of provision indicating the obligations that are in 6.1 and 6.2, and that they only apply to fish stocks prescribed by these regulations in order to narrow the scope of the legislative obligation and essentially would not apply to all fish stocks, but only those prescribed in the particular regulations that we're talking about. If we do not add this provision, all obligation will come into force upon royal assent, which would be extremely challenging to accomplish and potentially open the department to some legal challenges. That was the tidying up piece that we did after we asked this to stand.
That's the amendment and the intent of the amendment is very responsible management and erring on the side of conservation and good management.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
I think probably I could turn to the officials and ask them to comment on some of that.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Madam Chair, I asked you to include the subamendment with the amendment before I started. I'm assuming we're dealing with the entire amendment.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Madam Chair, I'm not so sure that would accomplish anything really. The bottom line is that when you're talking about the sustainability of fish stocks or rebuilding the fish stocks, there are a lot of important decisions to be made.
Obviously we don't want to see the catastrophe of 1992 repeated with the northern cod stock in Newfoundland and Labrador. The whole intent of this amendment is to put into place something that requires the department and the minister to make good sound judgments and decisions around fish stocks, based on the science and what we save year over year.
As an example, in 2018, we had some decline in the northern cod stock that we didn't expect in Newfoundland and Labrador, so we expect that the minister will try to bring in some measures that allow that stock to continue to build, even though the biomass is much bigger than it was 20 years ago. It is much larger. Nevertheless, that is the whole intent of this amendment.
I don't see the reasoning behind putting in any kind of time limit here, or trying to suggest that we have a certified timeline for this kind of amendment. I don't support that, Madam Chair.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Madam Chair, after conferring with my colleagues here, we're prepared to accept Mr. Donnelly's proposal that suggests that we would put in the “reasonable” time frame.
We are good with that.
View Churence Rogers Profile
Lib. (NL)
Madam Chair, again this is in the spirit of the some of the other amendments I've introduced regarding timelines and trying to provide for more timely assessments.
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