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NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, departmental officials, for being here and providing your testimony today.
I'd like to start by thanking the government for amending Bill C-68 to include the shark-fin ban. I've been working on this issue for eight years, and I'm glad that the government has recognized this. I'm glad we've heard that this will be included if Bill C-68 becomes law.
I'd also like to thank Senator MacDonald for his efforts on Bill S-238. I think he has championed this through the Senate and the upper house and done an admirable job of raising awareness about this issue in Canada.
As I mentioned, I've been working on this issue for the past eight years, so I'm happy to see it finally get to this point. We're almost there. We're not quite there.
I also think we'd be remiss if we didn't thank all the organizations and individuals who have helped to get this legislation on the government's radar to this point. There was HSI Canada, Oceana, Rob Stewart, and his parents certainly, just to name a few. As well, many municipalities across the country have also implemented shark-fin bans.
I have just two questions. One is on enforcement.
Once Bill C-68 or Bill S-238 becomes law, could you describe the implications for our border officials? In other words, once this becomes law, how does this law affect them? How do they enforce this law?
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NDP (BC)
Any shark fin of any type or part of a shark fin that a CBSA officer comes across would not be allowed entry into the country at all?
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NDP (BC)
Great. Okay, thank you.
My second question is along the lines of what my colleague earlier talked about in terms of changes.
If Bill C-68 becomes law, what will be the changes in Bill C-68 if Bill S-238 becomes law?
What I'm hearing is nothing, that it's mirrored, except that the derivatives and the words “live sharks” were removed from the definition. Other than that, it's essentially exactly the same. There is no difference.
Is that correct?
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NDP (BC)
Okay. I think what it comes down to is that we have to hope that Bill C-68 gets out of the Senate and comes back to the lower house and gets royal assent before the House rises next month. That's where we're at.
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NDP (BC)
Okay, great. Thank you very much.
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NDP (BC)
On a point of order, Mr. Fraser has asked for a ruling, so I think, Chair, that you need to give a ruling.
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NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to follow up on the conversation about jurisdiction and the legislation. It's my understanding that import and export is federal jurisdiction, but sale and use is provincial and territorial.
For instance, enforcement related to the sale and use of shark-fin soup would generally be the domain of the provinces and territories, but entry of these products into the country would be the domain of the federal government.
I just want to clarify if that's the case.
Second, we've been talking about two types of legislation under the Fisheries Act and WAPPRIITA. The Fisheries Act is not using WAPPRIITA; it is using specifically Bill C-68, but under Bill S-238, it includes WAPPRIITA.
Mr. Fraser was talking about an issue that was related to investigation that I think, Mr. Gillis, you replied about.
Under WAPPRIITA, the government would have the power to investigate if a product had shark fin in it and was being, let's say, served in an establishment in a province. Under the Fisheries Act, is there the same power, or not? Would a CBSA official or a CFIA official or a department official have the ability to do that similar investigation under the Fisheries Act?
Take your time, although I only have three minutes.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
Mr. Fin Donnelly: I don't have any other questions.
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NDP (BC)
Chair, if I may, is it possible to put forward my motion at this time?
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NDP (BC)
I just want to make sure that everyone has it. I think it was in the minutes of the last meeting.
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NDP (BC)
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NDP (BC)
It's at the will of the committee. The preference would be to expedite this as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. The longer this takes.... You can look at Bill S-203. This is following a similar path, but it's behind, and in terms of this being brought back for third reading, it's critical that it get through committee. Assuming it does get through committee, it's still going to face an uphill challenge. The more committee hearings we have, the longer it takes.
I will remind the committee that this has been through the Senate for a couple of years. Senator MacDonald has spent much time on it, and the committee hearings had many witnesses. This has, I think, been studied and looked at, and testimony has been given on this bill. I would urge the committee to move this as quickly and expeditiously as possible.
Of course, it's at the will of the committee as to whether you call witnesses. At this point, I would encourage us to have as few meetings as possible to really give this bill the best chance of trying to get through Parliament before we rise in June.
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NDP (BC)
Mr. Chair, in answer to the question from Mr. Arnold, I don't believe that anyone is requesting that this committee rubber-stamp anything. I think there have been a good debate and a good discussion certainly through the upper House. When we heard the debate at second reading, we heard all parties speak in favour of this legislation. I don't think there is any issue with the questions of debate or witnesses. I think it's time to take a position.
The issue here, as we know, is that we are up against the clock to get this through. As for the chances of even getting it through, even if this does get through committee, it will still have to go back to the House for third reading. It will be on the September schedule, and then the issue will be whether we can move it up fast enough to actually be voted on in the House. That is going to be difficult.
I would again implore the members to consider that, as we did with Bill S-203, and hopefully expedite this thoroughly studied bill.
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NDP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to issue a notice of motion, and I'll read that into the minutes:
That the Committee hold a meeting for the clause by clause review of Bill S-238 as soon as possible.
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