An ePetition to back a private members' bill by Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly has nearly 5,000 names.
Donnelly, the NDP's critic for fisheries, oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, is gaining signatures for Bill C-228, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (closed containment aquaculture) that — if passed — would ban open net-cage fish farms on the west coast.
Next month, at a press conference at Mossom Creek hatchery in Port Moody, Donnelly is expected to unveil the name of a Canadian celebrity who supports the planned legislation.
To sign Donnelly's ePetition, visit ow.ly/WSYA303wjT6.
Also, in the riding of Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, Liberal MP Ron McKinnon's bill received unanimous support — without amendment — from the federal health committee this month.
His bill, C-224, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, is set to go to a report stage debate this fall. The intent of his proposed legislation is to provide amnesty to anyone reporting a drug overdose, from being charged with drug possession.