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NEWS RELEASE · 31st May 2012
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
Proposing major overhaul of Fisheries Act in Omnibus reckless

After former Conservative fishery minister Thomas Siddon voiced concerns about the Harper Government gutting the Fisheries Act, Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) asked Mr. Harper today during Question Period why he won’t take his colleague’s advice.

“Even fellow-conservatives don’t agree with what this government is doing,” said Cullen.

Siddon testified yesterday that he found the attack on environmental protection “not becoming of a Conservative government” and urged the Prime Minister to take his time to “get it right.”

“The amount of Canadians sounding alarms about the Trojan Horse bill is growing by the day,” said Cullen. “It’s coming from all sides, and from across this country. Mr. Harper can’t ignore the outcry from Canadians for much longer.”

The proposed changes to the Fisheries Act offload some responsibility to the provinces and lower the bar on protection for fish habitat. Cullen demanded that this part of the Omnibus bill be split off and studied separately.

“My question to this Conservative government is why they are so scared of transparency? Canadians deserve to know what the proposed changes are, and to have them studied properly,” said Cullen.

In total four former federal fisheries ministers, Thomas Siddon, John Fraser, Herb Dhaliwal and David Anderson, both Conservative and Liberal, have agreed with studying the proposed changes separately from the Omnibus and denounced the gutting of the act.