LIBERALS REFUSE TO EXPLAIN DECISION TO KILL SALMON EDUCATION PROGRAM

 


OTTAWA – Under questioning from the NDP today, the Liberal Minister for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dominic LeBlanc, refused to explain why his government eliminated an in-school education program that teaches children about the life cycle of salmon.

“For a salmon dependent region like B.C to lose this cost effective program is shameful,” said Fin Donnelly, the NDP’s critic for Fisheries and Oceans, in Question Period on Monday. “Can the Minister provide a clear explanation of why he made the reckless decision to kill the salmon-in-the-classroom program?”

For the last 40 years, the Stream to Sea program provided hands-on learning to children in schools across British Columbia. Donnelly also delivered a letter to Minister LeBlanc which explains how the program provided students with a direct connection to a foundational resource, a physical link to a major component of BC culture as well as a greater understanding of First Nations communities, who depend on salmon.

LeBlanc refused to answer the NDP’s questions and instead tried to downplay the program cancellation as funding “re-allocation”.  The NDP has vowed to fight the decision and pressure the government to restore full funding for the program.