MP RANDALL GARRISON TABLES PETITION TO SAVE THE WHALES

OTTAWA- Today Esquimalt- Juan de Fuca MP Randall Garrison tabled petitions which call on Parliament to take action to save the remaining 81 Southern Resident Killer Whales. “I received overwhelming support from my riding and I am still hoping to receive a similar response from the government given that there is new money in Budget 2014 to implement recovery strategies under the Species At Risk Act.” Garrison said. “Vancouver Islanders recognize the devastating impact that loss of these magnificent creatures will have on our local economy, tourism, and of course on, our ecosystem.” Garrison noted. “The government has an obligation to listen to the voices of my constituents and respect the commitment it made in 2003 to produce an Action Plan to protect these orcas.” Garrison said. “The government now has 45 calendar days to respond to these petitions and we hope to see action soon.” Garrison noted.

“Time is running out to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales and patience is running out as Canadians watch the government systemically dismantle research programs and abandon science and environmental obligations across the country.” Garrison said. “New Democrats will continue to fight for action on the environment where decisions are based on empirical evidence, not ideology” Garrison concluded. 

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For more information, please contact:

Olga Liberchuk, Assistant to Randall Garrison, 250-405-6550 or randall.garrison.c1c@parl.gc.ca