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Donnelly (NDP) & MacAulay (Lib.) promote World Oceans Day

June 8, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 226 (8 June 2015) at 14690.

  • Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark World Oceans Day, an international event that draws attention to the threats facing our marine ecosystem, celebrates oceans, and encourages conservation.

    This year’s theme is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”, which is intended to bring awareness to the approximately eight million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year and on ways to decrease our reliance on plastic materials. Plastic destroys marine life and puts our marine ecosystem at risk. It is the number one source of pollution in our ocean today.

    We need government policy that conserves, protects, and restores our oceans. This must include meeting our UN commitment to protect 10% of Canada’s oceans and lakes in marine protected areas.

    The time to act is now. Let us help our oceans today and every day. I encourage all members of the House to participate in World Oceans Day by attending the World Oceans Day reception on the Hill today.

    Mr. Fin Donnelly

    New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, today is World Oceans Day.

    I am proud that previous Liberal governments have a strong tradition when it comes to our oceans. We introduced the Oceans Act in 1996, Canada’s oceans strategy in 2002, and Canada’s oceans action plan in 2005.

    Unfortunately, the Conservative government is lost at sea when it comes to protecting our oceans. DFO research centres have been cut or shut down, the marine contaminants program is gone, DFO libraries and water pollution labs are gone, scientists have been fired or muzzled, the Fisheries Act was gutted, conservation offices closed, oceans management cut, PNCIMA eliminated, and the list goes on.

    A Liberal government would continue our proud tradition and ensure the protection and preservation of Canada’s oceans and marine resources.

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