Gutting Fisheries Act Designed to Help Enbridge

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Harper's underhanded Gutting of Fisheries Act Designed to Help Enbridge and Co.
by Rafe Mair l The Canadian
Otto Langer is a highly respected fisheries expert who had a long distinguished career with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and got fed up with the politicization of the DFO. He was hardly alone – back in the early 90s at the time of the Kemano II fight, there were a number of DFO officers who left DFO by early retirement, being shuffled elsewhere, denied a deserved promotion, etc.
 
One of them, Dr. Gordon Hartman (who like Otto Langer is an honoured contributor with the Common Sense Canadian) during the Kemano II scrap, along with several of his colleagues, gave those in the trenches the ammunition they needed. Alcan called them the “dissident scientists”, a sobriquet they wore with pride.
 
That time was when the reigning Tories, Mulroney the PM and Thomas Siddon Minister of Fisheries refused to hold public hearings mandated by statute, ignored a condemnatory report by DFO scientists, and gave the Alcan project the go-ahead. The DFO has never been the same and let me give you a glaring example: the DFO is mandated to protect our Pacific Salmon and at the same time is mandated to shill for fish farms!
 
Mr. Langer has received and made public the news that under the Budget Omnibus Bill, the Fisheries Act will no longer protect fish habitat! You can read the statement from Langer that touched off this controversy here. Not only are they putting fish habitat in the hands of the pipeline builders and other despoilers of fish habitat, they are trying to slip this through in an omnibus bill to avoid a full debate.

 
Here, ladies and gentlemen, are your Conservative MPs and their contacts:

Edward Fast - Abbotsford This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dick Harris - Cariboo - Prince George This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Kerry Lynne Findlay - Delta - Richmond East MP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Mark Warawa - Langley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
James Lunney - Nanaimo - Alberni This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew Saxton - North Vancouver This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dan Albas - Okanagan - Coquihalla http://www.danalbas.com/contact-dan.html
Colin Mayes - Okanagan - Shuswap This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Randy Kamp - Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge - Mission This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
James Moore - Port Moody - Westwood - Port Coquitlam This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bob Zimmer - Prince George - Peace River This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alice Wong - Richmond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Russ Hiebert - South Surrey - White Rock - Cloverdale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Duncan - Vancouver Island North This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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John Weston - West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
These are the same bastards that have already privately approved the Enbridge pipeline by super tankers down our coast through the most perilous passage in the world.
 
No, it's true that the policy has not yet been approved, but every utterance by Minister Joe Oliver and the Prime Minister has made it clear that they regard the Federal-Provincial Environmental Assessment process as a waste of time and that they should get done with it as soon as possible. They know that the BC government won’t raise a finger because the Clark government is grovelling and ass-kissing through the Prime Minister’s office over the $1.6 billion we owe the feds over the bungled HST mess.

The Federal government also supports the Independent Power Producers destruction of our rivers with amendments to the Navigable Waters Act and, yes, with money. West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country voters ought to ask their MP John Weston why he gave a nice bit of change to Plutonic Power (General Electric in drag) to help them ruin our rivers.
 
And, of course, the federal government supports the fish farms that are the ruination of our Pacific Salmon, the very soul of the province.
 
Read those names, ladies and gentlemen, and note that they, supposedly fellow citizens of BC, will destroy fish habitat, approve a ruinous pipeline by Enbridge through the Rockies, the Coast Range and the Great Bear Rain Forest, will fully support Oil tankers down the Inner Passage while increasing Tanker traffic through Vancouver Harbour, help big business ruin our rivers (made nice and easy with protection of habitat gone) and, like the barker in the amusement park, shill for giant Norwegian companies trashing our salmon with their fish farms.
 
There they are folks – the men and women you sent to Ottawa to look after our affairs.
 
Postscript – please go to our website and check out our list of contributors.  
 
 
 
Rafe Mair was a B.C. MLA 1975 to 1981, Minister of Environment from late 1978 through 1979. Since 1981 he has been a radio talk show host, and is recognized as one of B.C.'s pre-eminent journalists.
 

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