Mr. Speaker, it is not true that things are fine in the aftermath of the Marshall decision. Nothing is fine anymore.
Yesterday, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced that 33 out of 35 band councils had agreed to the moratorium. Today, the number is zero. We are in troubled waters and the one voice we do not hear is that of the new Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs. I give him an opportunity to explain.
Since his government and the supreme court have confirmed the right of native peoples to a regulated fishery, why is the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs not negotiating his own moratorium with them and offering them compensation?