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House of Commons Debates


VOLUME 140 

 

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NUMBER 081 

 

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1st SESSION 

 

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38th PARLIAMENT 

 


OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Speaker: The Honourable Peter Milliken

 

Petitions

Mr. John Cummins (DeltaŚRichmond East, CPC): Madam Speaker, I have a petition today from people in British Columbia requesting a judicial inquiry into the disappearance of 1.3 million sockeye in the Fraser River.

    The original request for this judicial inquiry was rejected by the government, and it appointed a former chief justice of the B.C. Supreme Court, Bryan Williams, to conduct that investigation. He submitted the first of what were to be two reports and the government pulled the plug on him. It seems that it shut him down because some of the information that was coming out was a little too hot to handle. In particular, one of the reports suggested that some of these poachers were armed and the government was concerned about that issue, yet it did nothing about it.

    These petitioners are now again calling on the government to establish a judicial inquiry so that all the information relating to the disappearance of these sockeye can be addressed and brought forward.