In response to Dave Brown’s letter published on Jan. 21, I want to thank him for reminding everyone of his high commitment level towards fisheries. Dave, since 2009, you have been instrumental in maintaining, expanding, and improving the Sea to Sky Fisheries Roundtable. Together with the group, we accomplished so much, and much more than any other Canadian advisory committee.
Our unique approach generated clear results: we brought the Ottawa Standing Committee to the riding in Powell River for the first time in 12 years, repeatedly met with the minister and parliamentary secretary of department of fisheries and oceans, increased funding for Pacific Salmon Foundation, saw the full return of the salmon stamp and we helped create the Closed Containment Aquaculture report.
We generated a brand new program for fisheries — the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program, which was renewed with $15 million in the 2014 budget. We already have two projects in our riding that received funding through the first round of this program, the Evans Creek re-watering project and the Tiampo Coho Restoration Project. I have strongly supported the second round of applications.
As I stated in late Sept. 2013 in my public letter to you, engaged citizenry through constructive criticism is what makes our democracy stronger. The current government might not be perfect, but it certainly took actions on many items we brought forth, the latest example being the maintenance of Discovery Islands’ moratorium.
As your MP, I will keep building capacities of our group and serve the people to the best of my ability. Let’s bring the constructive power of our group back together and build on our positive leadership.
MP John Weston