Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, a batch of weak responses and inappropriate jokes when 1,000 people are being cut from the staff of Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
It is unworthy to assault knowledgeable and dedicated former ministers for voicing their real concerns about the plan to weaken habitat protection for fish. The government’s strategy is to attack anyone who disagrees with it. The four former fisheries ministers from B.C. are just the latest targets.
West coast salmon are far too important to British Columbians to be lost because of the government’s petty ideology and gross mismanagement. Why condemn the Pacific fisheries to the fate of the Atlantic cod?