On the east coast, with regard to owner-operators—being from there, this is something I hear from fishermen and from the FFAW, the union that represents them—they want owner-operator entrenched in the act so that it would have some teeth. It was a policy that didn't seem to have any teeth for the officials and the government to be able to make it work. I'm delighted that it's there. It's odd to hear there are the same concerns on the west coast, because we didn't hear that when we were studying the Fisheries Act. I don't whether or not the people who presented from the west coast didn't bring it up. From listening to the people on Tuesday, and now you today, I think it's somewhere we have to move to, and probably as soon as possible.
You mentioned parity. It's very difficult in the fishery to get parity, I think. On the east coast there are rules and regulations in place that differ from province to province, let alone from one end of the country to the other end. It's difficult, but I think it's time we opened that envelope and started moving in that direction. I'm sure it won't happen overnight, but it is something that I think should be done. It should be more uniform. At the end of the day, it's the fishermen who should get the value of the resource that's in the water.
Is that my time, Madam Chair?