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e-2776 (Economy and finance)

Initiated by Sean Wood from Parksville, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) manages over $400 billion of Canadians' pension savings;
  • The CPPIB currently invests over $200 million in foreign open-net pen aquaculture for imported Atlantic salmon;
  • Open-net pen salmon farms contaminate wild salmon habitat with chemicals, parasites, viruses and diseases - all of which threaten the health of wild Pacific salmon runs;
  • Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) is a common virus, found in over 80% of farmed Atlantic salmon;
  • PRV can cause heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI), which is a deadly viral fish disease. PRV and HSMI both threaten the survival of wild salmon;
  • For years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada have been aware that both PRV and HSMI are detected in Atlantic open-net pen salmon farms in B.C.;
  • To protect their wild salmon populations, Washington state passed legislation banning PRV-infected farmed salmon in 2018; and
  • Divesting Canadians' pensions from PRV-infected open-net pen aquaculture operations is an important step in protecting wild salmon.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to request the CPPIB to divest from any open-net pen aquaculture investment opportunities, foreign-owned or otherwise.
Open for signature
August 25, 2020, at 3:14 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 24, 2020, at 3:14 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Paul Manly (Nanaimo—Ladysmith)
November 18, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00244)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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