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View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. It's a pleasure to be at INAN again.
Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day to everybody out there. I'll get right into it.
Mr. Coates, I can completely relate to what you and other experts on the Arctic, Mr. Huebert and Wallace, have been talking about. I really appreciate you guys for digging into this.
I was in Inuvik last week, at our most active NORAD location in the Arctic, and I was alarmed by what I saw. There have been many concerns regarding Canadian sovereignty and security from our territorial and provincial premiers, and I heard the same first-hand from many of our northern indigenous residents.
An article in SaskToday, from April, reads:
[Premier] Silver, as Chair of the Northern Premiers, called an impromptu meeting of those...leaders. Following that, Silver, N.W.T Premier Caroline Cochrane and Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok wrote a joint letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan and the other premiers requesting space on the agenda of the Council of the Federation’s...summer meeting.
This is all about Arctic sovereignty and security.
Premier Silver said:
It’s time that Canada does the same. Russian actions are threatening global security, and the international rules-based order.
Instead of strengthening sovereignty and security in our Arctic, I saw this government putting up a “for sale” sign on a crucial NORAD facility known as “the green hangar” in Inuvik, and getting rid of other essential equipment. For decades, the International Logistical Support hangar has been the only facility above the Arctic Circle able to house the refuelling tankers that support Canada's CF-18s. This critical NORAD facility was said by this government in 2021 to be no longer necessary. The hangar is now up for sale, and other countries, namely China, are showing interest.
Without this hangar, the refuelling tankers are being pushed outside and now take three or more hours to prep in winter conditions. Any quick response is now virtually impossible in the Arctic.
Mr. Coates, are you aware of this vulnerability? What should be done about it?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Coates, I've seen the same. I've done posts on social media that get a lot of attention, and Arctic sovereignty and security, frankly, are in the lower end of responses. I agree with you that we need to elevate the issue.
Speaking about the grandiose announcement of almost $5 billion for NORAD and part of our Arctic sovereignty and security, I'll bring up Nanisivik, which is a project that's been long promised but not delivered. This government has been in power for six years, and it's still unrealized.
This is an article from CTV, titled “Military hopeful new Arctic port will open in 2022, but 'significant' uncertainty remains”. It says, “The Canadian military says there are no guarantees that its long-delayed Arctic naval station will finally open next year, prompting defence critics to call the ongoing construction delays confounding and dangerous.”
Mr. Coates, I'll go back to you. A lot of promises can be made. They've been made in the past by this government—another $4 billion or $5 billion and 20 more years—but it's about promises versus outcomes.
Maybe just comment on that. What needs to be done to see these promises made into outcomes?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Mr. Chair, would it be possible to go right up to votes, since we all have the app? We don't even need 15 minutes to get ready.
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thanks to all of our witnesses. It's really a good group today. You're providing us information on DFO's disregarding of science and how bad it's gotten.
My first question is for Phil Morlock.
DFO once had a good relationship with the angling community, where data was collected and science-based decisions were made and shared for the benefit of all. We heard from you in your statement how bad it is. With your 35 years of experience, can you speak to how well it used to work?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thanks, Mr. Morlock.
Quickly, how does the American NOAA process compare with the process at DFO?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Morlock.
I'll go now to Dave Brown. The Public Fishery Alliance was formed out of a need to get basically the attention of the DFO minister. The minister promised to work with the angling community and this committee. In Parliament, you might have watched the debate last week. I asked if she was going to work with groups like the PFA to have an opening on Howe Sound and she assured me that she was going to look into it, yet at the same time, I understand from your notes that DFO senior staff in the Pacific region wouldn't even look at it.
Has the minister worked with you, as she promised she would? Please explain.
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thanks.
This is my last question, Dave. What does DFO need to do to regain the trust of the angling community?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My questions will be for Mr. Bos.
You have worked on countless projects to bring back viable salmon habitat and increase salmon abundance on Vancouver Island. The Sooke River has benefited from your enhancement efforts to increase the natural spawning population. You have worked co-operatively with first nations, local businesses and the angling community to make positive change for our salmon populations, yet we hear that rather than DFO assisting your efforts, we have seen senior management seemingly only get in the way.
How does DFO actually assist you in your organization's efforts to help increase salmon populations?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
I don't know if I heard you correctly, Mr. Bos. We have actually seen an increase in DFO's budget over the last six years by 42.3%.
Does DFO actually fund your work?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
That leads into my next question. How could they better help in the future? You have alluded to that, but maybe explain a little bit more.
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you.
We see DFO use the excuse that the salmon fishery needs to be closed to feed southern resident killer whales as a tool to close key fishing areas. Is this true?
View Bob Zimmer Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all our witnesses on this very important study.
My first question is for you, Mr. Chamberlin. As a fellow Robert, I don't know if I can call you Bob or not. I go by Bob here, and I've heard you called Bob. Does that work?
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