Mr. Speaker, just recently, we learned that national parks, which come under the authority of the federal government, are in terrible shape. Parks Canada is standing by and watching the sad spectacle of many species of wildlife disappearing into oblivion.
The problem is generalized, and not limited to one or two parks. This is a real crisis. One expert is not hesitating to blame Parks Canada for the disaster.
And yet, the government has tabled a bill to create marine conservation areas, for which Parks Canada would have responsibility.
How can the government think about adding to the responsibilities of an agency that has obviously shown itself unable to handle its existing mandate properly?
Parks Canada must first halt the disappearance of threatened species in existing national parks before the government can think—