“Hunting, angling and trapping are central to the livelihood, recreation and tradition of many Canadians and are an important part of many local and regional tourism industries”, said Prime Minister Harper. “The members of the new Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel will help ensure that future conservation practices – including the protection of endangered species – are based on input from Canadians who have a long tradition of conservation. This fulfills a commitment made by our Government last year.”
The panel – which is made up of representatives from provincial and territorial hunting and angling associations, as well as conservation and related industry associations – will provide advice to the government to help ensure decisions on issues such as endangered species, wetland protection and nature conservation benefit from a balanced perspective.
The panel will serve as a long-term advisory body and will report directly to the Minister of the Environment to ensure government decisions are based on science and balanced advice.