Ken Hardie

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Fleetwood-Port Kells

Ken Hardie

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Bill C-68

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.

Added February 14, 2018 from Ken Hardie.

  • SO31 - Gord Anderson

    Added February 12, 2018 from Ken Hardie.

  • SO31 - The Season of Giving

    Added December 10, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Bill C-48

    Added November 30, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Remembrance Day Message 2017 - Fleetwood-Port Kells Remembers

    Added November 9, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Question to Minister Leblanc on the Oceans Protection Plan

    Added November 7, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • SO31 - Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan

    Added November 7, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Bill C-49 - Transportation Modernization Act

    Added November 7, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Railway Interswitching for British Columbia Bill C-49

    Added November 2, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Question to Minister Garneau - Rail Safety (Bill C-49)

    Added October 5, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • SO31 Town Hall on Autism September 30th 3-5 pm

    Added September 29, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Input - Air Passenger Bill of Rights

    Added September 21, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie SO 31 Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)

    Added September 20, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • A Food Policy for Canada

    Added September 8, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Statement on World Oceans Day

    Added June 16, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie SO 31 CYC

    Added February 24, 2017 from Ken Hardie.

  • Holiday Greetings

    Added December 5, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Lest We Forget

    Added November 4, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie's Eid Message

    Added July 5, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Canada Day Message

    Added July 4, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie MP, Speaking to the Purposed National Organ Donar Registry

    Added June 9, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie, M.P., Correcting the Record on Conservative Job Growth

    Added June 9, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie MP Discussing the Advatages of the Canadian Child Benefit

    Added June 9, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Retirement Congradulations to An Old Friend, from Ken Hardie

    Added June 9, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie, M.P., Addressing a Constituents Concerns About Bill C-14

    Added June 9, 2016 from Ken Hardie.

  • Ken Hardie, M.P., Pays His Respects to the Brave Canadians Who Fought in the Battle of the Atlantic

    Added June 10, 2016 from Ken Hardie.