On Feb. 27, 2018, ASF President Bill Taylor was on Parliament Hill, and addressed a packed room of members of Parliament's Outdoor Caucus.
In the 90 minute meeting held in the Centre Block, Bill Taylor outlined the present status of Atlantic salmon along with critical issues affecting the species and its environment in 2018 and beyond. Bill Taylor engages with his audience, and in this case there were numerous questions and animated discussion on Atlantic salmon.
The Outdoor Caucus is co-chaired by Gudrid Hutchings of Corner Brook-Deer Lake, NL and Bob Zimmer of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies in BC. The Outdoor Caucus members have a particular interest in the importance of wildlife and outdoor activities, and those in attendance were a combination of Members of Parliament such as Cheryl Gallant of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke and Blaine Calkins of Red Deer-Lacombe, along with Senators that included Percy Mockler of New Brunswick. Along with the many parliamentary representatives there were also senior staffers for a variety of other Parliamentarians.
Bill Taylor described the status and issues of Atlantic salmon to the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus. This took place in a Centre Block room on Parliament Hill. Photo Charles Cusson/ASF
Bill Taylor touched on several issues, from the economic impact of Atlantic salmon to the issues of the Greenland harvest and the need for significant involvement of Canada's government with the Greenland government in order to protect the future of Atlantic salmon runs.
Backgrounders prepared for the meeting are available as pdfs below in English and French.