This February I personally presented the following report to Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau; the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Dominic LeBlanc; as well as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Terry Beech.
Since being elected as the Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge in October 2015, I have taken the initiative to engage and listen to constituents on issues pertaining to the Fisheries Act including fish and environmental policy at large. Throughout the campaign and even today, I am constantly hearing from constituents in our riding on this matter. Fish and fish habitat are part of the livelihood and identity of Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge and thus fish and fish protection policy directly impact both the environment and prosperity of the community.
In June 2016, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced a comprehensive review of the Fisheries Act to be conducted through summer 2016 to winter 2017, resulting in legislative changes to be tabled before the House in 2017. This review has been, in part, a response to changes made to the Fisheries Act in 2012 as well as public and stakeholder demand to comprehensively review our Fisheries legislation in Canada.
This report outlines priorities I have heard from our community in regards to updating and improving fish and fish habitat legislation. It was presented to senior levels of our Government, raising the diverse perspectives of our community on this important issue.
I want to thank everyone who has voiced their opinion on this important issue. I have heard a great deal of positive feedback from my colleagues in Ottawa, including senior members of our Government about the valued voice of our community on this file, and others. As your Member of Parliament, I am committed to ensuring your voice and your priorities are heard out in Ottawa. Your thoughts, opinions, and experiences matter to me and matter to our Government.
I encourage all constituents to read the report below, as well as the written response from Minister LeBlanc.
All the best,
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