Mr. Chair, I appreciate the opportunity.
Witnesses, thank you for being here tonight.
We had a witness last night who seemed to have a good understanding of the bill and the definitions, and who had apparently spent a fair amount of time studying them. He made the point that, and I'll quote him:
With respect to the fish habitat itself, the definition hasn't really changed between the current version and the proposed version. It has been clarified, and I think the definition of serious harm also clarifies a lot of the areas that have been kind of grey zones within the current Fisheries Act.
He also pointed out that this new structure incorporates an ecosystem-based approach. We keep hearing from some folks that this is not the case. Does anybody have anything specific to the wording of the bill that will contradict that? The bill seems to back that up, as Mr. Sopuck has pointed out as well.