Thank you, Mr. Speaker,
It’s a privilege to speak on Bill C 68 and its amendments to the Fisheries Act, especially given the opportunity I’ve had for the past two years to serve on the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
I wanted to take a moment, though, to salute all of my colleagues on that committee… because all of them have demonstrated deep concern for the health of our fisheries and the communities that rely on them. We may have different views on what or how things should be done, but collegial approach to our deliberations has produced work that I think will stand the test of time. Indeed, work that is reflected in this legislation and other Bills.
I’d also like particularly to salute our friend and colleague, the Honourable Member for Cariboo - Prince George, who is on the mend after a pretty major health scare. We look forward to having you back!
A year ago this month, our Committee tabled in the House its sixth report – titled a Review of Changes made in 2012 to the Fisheries Act: enhancing the protection of fish and fish habitat and the management of Canadian Fisheries. This study was prompted by ongoing concern from a broad range of stakeholders about decisions the previous government made that, to many, had the effect of stripping out habitat protections from 98 per cent of Canada’s lakes, rivers and streams.
Coincidentally, the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, on which I also sit, examined changes the previous government had made to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Again, most stakeholders reacted to those changes with concern, in the belief that various works could take place without environmental reviews.
Throughout these studies, efforts were made to understand the reasons behind the changes made by the Harper government. We felt it important to ensure that, where appropriate, measures that improved processes while preserving safeguards could be maintained in the interests of modernizing the oldest legislation in Canada.
But our review shed light on a couple of critical issues:
One of the notable changes to the Act made in 2012 was that of focussing its protections on the productivity of fish that are part of a commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fishery, or to fish that support such a fishery, rather than on all fish and fish habitat as was previously the case.
In addition, prior to the 2012 legislative changes, the Act contained prohibitions against “killing fish by any means other than fishing” and against carrying on “any work or undertaking that results in harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat”.
Those two provisions were replaced in 2012 with a single new prohibition - against carrying on “any work, undertaking or activity that results in serious harm to fish that are part of a commercial, recreational or Aboriginal fishery.”
As a term, ‘serious harm’ struck many as being very subjective. The Committee heard from witnesses who said it created confusion, leading to uneven applications of the regulations (at best) or at worst, possibly allowing damaging activities to take place:
The 2012 amendments to the Fisheries Act removed protection for fish habitat from section 35(1) of that Act. Witnesses submitted that this amendment shifted the focus from fish habitat protection to fisheries protection… which offered substantially less attention to fish habitat. Many believed applying the term “serious harm” only to fish could allow the disruption and non-permanent alteration of habitat.
SO31 - Gord Anderson
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to note the loss of a notable person in our Fleetwood community, Gord Anderson, who lost a tough fight with cancer on December 22.
Gord had only recently become president of the Fleetwood Community Association, but that was after 30 years of teamwork with the late Rick Hart, and the passion they had to mould Fleetwood into Surrey's pre-eminent town centre. Together, Gord and Rick were a formidable team, and the creation of Francis Park, a vibrant centre of our community, is a testament to their achievements.
Gord's passion for the community started with his kids' sports, which was the catalyst that turned his success as a developer into a drive to make a difference. Gord's roots and attachments in the community were deep. We share his loss with his family, but we also celebrate his family's ongoing commitment to service.
Mr. Speaker, please join me in a salute to Gord and to his daughter, Bree-Anna Berman, who has taken up her dad's legacy and vision as the new president of the Fleetwood Community Association.
SO31 - The Season of Giving
Remembrance Day Message 2017 - Fleetwood-Port Kells Remembers
Join us in remembering all Canadians who have sacrificed
for this great country at the Port Kells Cenotaph November 11th from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm 18918 88th Ave. Port Kells.
Question to Minister Leblanc on the Oceans Protection Plan
Mr. Ken Hardie (Fleetwood—Port Kells, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canada has the longest coastline in the world and the health and protection of our coasts are critical to our environment, our economy, and to all Canadians. The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans hears many different views on how to prosper, but everyone agrees that we have to protect our waters and our shorelines. It was a year ago today that the Prime Minister introduced the oceans protection plan. Can the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard update us on our progress?
Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, that is an excellent question.
One of the four pillars of our oceans protection plan is strengthening partnerships with indigenous communities, including building local emergency response capacity. Just last week, the first session under the indigenous community response training project wrapped up in Bamfield, British Columbia. Nine members from seven northern first nations graduated from the coastal nations search and rescue course enhancing this important capacity for the Canadian Coast Guard.
Mr. Speaker, as you know, we will do what it takes to protect Canada's oceans.
To find out more: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/oceans-protection-plan.html
SO31 - Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan
Mr. Ken Hardie (Fleetwood—Port Kells, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, for more than our 150 years as a nation, Canada has grown and prospered as people from around the world have chosen this land to build better futures for their families. This week, our government moved to ensure that better future with a new strategy for our immigration program, one that is practical and compassionate, one that ensures we will have new workers to fill the jobs employers cannot fill, the expertise our innovators need to grow new businesses and create new jobs, and the families to strengthen our communities. That is what has helped build Fleetwood—Port Kells into the vibrant, diverse, and forward-looking community we enjoy today. I am extending an invitation to everyone at home who wants to keep that momentum going to check our riding social medial channels for links to a discussion on Canada's immigration strategy under way now on our PlaceSpeak forum.Together, we will toward that future so many of us came to Canada to achieve.
Bill C-49 - Transportation Modernization Act
Railway Interswitching for British Columbia Bill C-49
Question to Minister Garneau - Rail Safety (Bill C-49)
To learn more about the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) see link below:
SO31 Town Hall on Autism September 30th 3-5 pm
Please join me and the Fleetwood-Port Kells community Saturday, September 30th to share your views on how the Federal Government can support the treatment of Autism.
To help us all stay organized, the town hall will also be structured into a presentation by AutismBC and the Autism Support Network as well as focusing on 3 key questions.
1. What can the Federal Government do to support families affected by Autism in regards to treatment?
2. Are there things the federal government shouldn’t be doing?
3. What are some successful best practices and examples of effective programs?
If you would like to be part of this important discussion, please RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call my constituency office at 604.501.5900.
Special Guests include David Hurford National Policy Chair Liberal Party of Canada, Guest Speaker from AutismBC and Autism Support Network.
Please help us spread the word about this Town Hall, by sending this invitation on to friends and family you think might be interested
Find out more here:
Input - Air Passenger Bill of Rights
Ken Hardie SO 31 Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to welcome the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) to Ottawa for their annual Transit Awareness Days.
Our government knows that reliable and efficient public transit gets Canadians to work, to school, and home again after a long day. We know that this is helping grow our economy and delivering on the promise of strengthening the middle class.
I know this personally from my many years with TransLink, Metro Vancouver's excellent transportation authority.
We are proud to have worked with CUTA to design versatile infrastructure programs that are meeting the needs of Canadian communities, and Canadians day to day.
It is through these programs that we have now approved more than 1,000 public transit projects across Canada.
Working with our partners like CUTA, we are investing in the strong sustainable communities Canadians deserve, delivering on our historic infrastructure investments for Canadian families and their growing communities.
Thank you CUTA for all the work that you do, and welcome to Ottawa."
A Food Policy for Canada
We would like to hear from you: Please discuss your views and experience as it relates to food. This will be used to inform the development of "A Food Policy for Canada".
Join the discussion HERE: https://www.placespeak.com/en/topic/4455-member-of-parliament-fleetwood-port-kells/#/discussions
This policy will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, including identifying actions we can take in the short-term. It can be a means to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.
The Government of Canada is consulting Canadians on four closely connected themes:
increasing access to affordable food;
improving health and food safety;
conserving our soil, water, and air; and,
growing more high-quality food.
Here are a few questions to consider:
How do you think the federal government could help increase access to affordable, nutritious and safe food?
What health and food safety issues concern you the most when it comes to the food you eat?
What concerns, if any, do you have about the environmental impact of the production of food, including farming, fishing aquaculture and food processing?
When it comes to growing more high-quality food in Canada, what initiatives do you think would help?
Statement on World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day
Ken Hardie SO 31 CYC
Lest We Forget
Ken Hardie's Eid Message
Canada Day Message
Ken Hardie MP, Speaking to the Purposed National Organ Donar Registry
Ken Hardie, M.P., Correcting the Record on Conservative Job Growth
Ken Hardie MP Discussing the Advatages of the Canadian Child Benefit
Retirement Congradulations to An Old Friend, from Ken Hardie
Ken Hardie, M.P., Addressing a Constituents Concerns About Bill C-14
Ken Hardie, M.P., Pays His Respects to the Brave Canadians Who Fought in the Battle of the Atlantic