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CPC (MB)
Mr. Chair, can I bring up a point of order?
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CPC (MB)
Thanks. Again, it's been an honour for me to be on the fisheries committee since 2010.
One thing was said earlier, though, that quite disturbed me. I wasn't part of the study here, but I don't think committee members should be the least bit reticent about demanding the presence of staff here. I hear that the staff kind of just blew the committee off and said they were in a conference. I think that is absolutely, completely unacceptable. This committee is too important for staff not to be here, and a conference is simply not an excuse.
Again, this is not a partisan comment, but colleagues, no department official has the right to refuse to appear before this committee.
Thank you for allowing me to say that, Mr. Chair.
View Robert Sopuck Profile
CPC (MB)
What is the effect of the lack of enforcement or the enforcement regime that's in place right now? What is your view of the state of fish stocks off the coast of B.C.?
View Robert Sopuck Profile
CPC (MB)
I read somewhere that China has something like 26,000 subsidized commercial fishing boats that scour the oceans. I've seen some of that myself.
Let's be quite honest and blunt here. Given China's insatiable demand for food and fish resources, are they a country to watch in terms of the power of their fishing technology and potential effects on fish stocks, not just off B.C. but around the world?
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CPC (MB)
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CPC (MB)
Thanks.
Regarding the seals, I find your response absolutely appalling. The data are really clear. I'm looking at an article about research one of your staff, Dr. Olesiuk, did on the Puntledge River, in 2010. Three dozen seals had killed 10,000 adult chum salmon in the fall spawning run. There was a study in Scotland....
You talk about indigenous knowledge. The Stó:lo Tribal Council has repeatedly asked for permits, so that fishermen can legally shoot seals. If you cared about indigenous knowledge, you would approve that.
Also, the article states, “In Scotland, a study found that taking a single seal out of the Moriston River increased the sports salmon catch by 17 per cent.”
Mr. Sargent, you will never get certainty in the natural world. Your department has been conducting research for 100 years, yet you're all afraid to use the research to actually do something about it. I would urge you to take the advice of this committee, which has recommended a seal harvest over and over again, unanimously. Yet, you continue not to do it. I find that appalling.
Mr. Morel and Mr. Burns, I want to talk to you about the Miramichi. I've fished it a few times. As you know, the smallmouth bass issue is critical. The Miramichi Salmon Association has come up with a plan to use rotenone to eliminate the smallmouth bass in the Miramichi. This is one of the least toxic fish toxicants you could ever have. In fact, aboriginal people in South America used it to collect food, yet you continue to refuse to allow the elimination of smallmouth bass from that particular lake.
If smallmouth bass get into the Miramichi—they're a non-native predator—that's the end of that multi-million dollar salmon fishery. How could you be so obtuse?
View Robert Sopuck Profile
CPC (MB)
I don't buy that for a minute. There has never been a single case of a non-native invasive harmful species ever eliminated by fishing.
Every smallmouth bass female, as you know, lays thousands and thousands of eggs. When the fry hatch, they're extremely small. They'll go through any fish fence. This is a time bomb waiting to happen, yet you're more than happy to use fish toxicants on the lamprey eel in the Great Lakes. You think it's a great idea to use a chemical to eliminate them.
The track record of rotenone goes back 50 to 60 years. It's been used countless times to manage fish communities. Again, I think your decision is completely wrong.
Frankly, what I find about your department is that the higher-ups in your department think your clients are the fish. They're not. Your clients are the people who use the fish. That should be your primary concern. The Atlantic salmon fishery in New Brunswick has been estimated to be worth $135 million and thousands of jobs.
Speaking of Atlantic salmon, our committee produced a unanimous report with 17 recommendations. None have been followed. Why is that?
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CPC (MB)
Why have you not implemented the 17 recommendations in the unanimously approved Atlantic salmon report from this committee?
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CPC (MB)
The minister did, with a letter. We had the words “restore” and “replenish” many times in that report, yet restoring Atlantic salmon was not even included in the minister's response. That's appalling.
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CPC (MB)
I have one comment and one question, and then I'll turn it over to Mr. Barlow.
My comment is this: the head of the CFIA at our meeting last time pointed out that Canada and China use two different methods to test the quality of canola. That's an elephant in the room, in my view. That's going to be difficult.
Mr. Ruest, we've built up the relationship with China over 100 years. A lot of trade is built on the intangible factors of relationships and how that is done. Trust is built up. What China has done recently, does it destroy that trust? Even if they were to come back into the market, won't that engender a level of uncertainty that you never had before?
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CPC (MB)
Okay, thank you.
Mr. Barlow.
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CPC (MB)
To Mr. Gerrard, who happens to be a constituent of mine, welcome.
Could you talk about the stress that this is placing on you and your family from a very personal standpoint? When you're speaking with your neighbours, what kind of stress are they feeling?
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