Mr. Speaker, by the thousands, Canadians have expressed their shock and dismay about the proposed cuts in environmental and wildlife research activities. Highly trained biologists, zoologists, and specialists in a variety of disciplines, are about to lose their jobs. Their only prospects seem to be south of the border because provincial Governments are not prepared to absorb them, nor is the private sector.
A better understanding of the role of wildlife in the ecosystem is an essential and never ending process. The Minister of the Environment (Mrs. Blais-Grenier) must understand that wildlife research and activities mean more than human health. In addition, the announced cuts have dealt a heavy blow to the morale of people within her Department. She must fight for the preservation of the Canadian Wildlife Service at its present strength before the announcement of cuts.
Today, in a letter by author Farley Mowat and the President of the Public Service of Canada, Jack Donegani, to the Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), they urge him to reconsider the cuts in the Canadian Wildlife Service. We on this side of the House again urge the Minister of the Environment to fight for the Canadian Wildlife Service, reject the cuts, and restore confidence in her Department, by her employees-
Subtopic: ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE