Mr. Speaker, steelhead are in trouble. Specifically, Thompson and Chilcotin runs are in dire straits.
Fisheries and conservation groups in British Columbia have called on the government to issue an emergency listing order under SARA and to investigate impacts of bycatch on steelhead runs. Those calls have largely gone unanswered. It is well past time the government listens to experts.
Will the minister work with the British Columbia government to protect steelhead before it is too late?