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‘Environment’ category

STATEMENT – United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

13 June 2013 at 14h02

Inclusion of Aboriginal Peoples in Treaty Negotiations

Honourable senators, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is a complex, highly important and comprehensive international treaty that addresses important issues such as the sovereignty of states, the development of available resources, international trade, environmental protection and military activities. Nations have already divided up the land, often as a result of major conflicts and wars. For the past 50 years, nations have been conducting negotiations on how to divide up the sea, that is, the marine territory, the seabed and the marine subsoil.


Seals: Europe is Closing Its Eyes While Canada Wants to Keep Them Wide Open

26 April 2013 at 14h53


OTTAWA, April 26, 2013 – Senator Hervieux-Payette denounced the decision of the General Court of the European Union, which confirmed the moratorium on Canadian seal products unilaterally proclaiming that “the fundamental economic and social interests of Inuit communities” are preserved.  Interestingly, Inuit communities were at the forefront of the legal challenge on the European boycott and they state just the opposite- their economic and cultural futures are threatened.

The Senator believes that the decision of the European Court is not in the interest of the seals, since they are already subject to slaughter without supervision in some U.S. states and even in Europe, such as Scotland.

“The European denial, influenced by vegetarian extremist groups, prevents the establishment of a market and state supervision over good hunting practices worldwide”, said the Senator. “Europe is closing its eyes when it comes to the situation at hand while Canada wants to keep them wide open.”

The Senator explained that the Mediterranean monk seal, as well as the Bluefin tuna fished by Europeans, are endangered species.  The harp seals, on the other hand, has a population that has been growing for decades.

“Europeans believe that our hunting practices do not meet their ethical standards. But what kind of standards are they when their own seal species is almost extinct and they’re not even acting upon it?”, questioned the Senator.

“I conclude by quoting a documentary by Carmen Butta- ‘le petit chasseur de l’Arctique’ (‘The Small Arctic Hunter’), broadcasted on Arte on January 19, 2013- “Campaigns against the massacre of baby seals were highly publicized. Public opinion was heavily mobilized on the fate of baby seals at the expense of the Aboriginal people. Today, seals in the Arctic are many and it is the Inuit, the specialists of sustainable management of natural resources, who are now endangered”. ”

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Press Release – Grey Seals: The Liberals Call for the Development of a Sustainable Industry

23 October 2012 at 20h36

The Liberal Senate members of the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans almost unanimously supports the recommendations of the Committee on the management of the grey seal population to assist in the recovery of groundfish stocks – Atlantic cod, American plaice, winter skate, white hake – provided, however, that the government supports the development of an industry of seal products such as omega 3, fur, meat, etc.

“As per witness testimonies, I am convinced that the abundance of grey seals poses a serious threat to some species of fish, including cod,” said Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette.

“However, unlike European countries, it is not in the habit of Canada to harvest seal without using up the resource,” she added. “We must not get caught up in this way which is contrary to our traditions, our way of life and the spirit of the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals.”


Transpacific Partnership: will Canada suffer dumping to the detriment of our food safety?

21 June 2012 at 15h42

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The announcement that the Government of Canada will be participating in free trade negotiations with the Pacific Rim countries raises not just the issue of protecting our supply management system, but also the issues of environmental dumping and social dumping, which could plague Canada even more.

Dumping occurs when goods are imported at a price lower than their value because production standards in the country of origin are lower than those for goods produced in Canada. Some countries sell competitive goods on the Canadian market because their minimum wage, if it exists, is lower than ours, their labour rights provide less protection for workers than what is afforded to our workers, and their health and environmental standards are lower than Canada’s. Thus, not only does our agri-food industry face unfair competition, but our societal model and food safety are also threatened.

Can the leader tell us if, as a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canada would strongly oppose imports of products that could erode the working conditions of Canadian workers and lower the quality of the products they produce?


The government of the Northwest Territories officially supports the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals

16 June 2011 at 15h20

OTTAWA, June 16, 2011 – “This month marks the 141st anniversary of the Northwest Territories (NWT) becoming a Canadian territory. On this occasion, I proudly announce the support of the government of the NWT for the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals,” said Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette. (more…)


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