We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:

Whereas habitat refers to the water or land necessary for the survival of all species, including fish, and

Whereas habitat destruction is the most common reason for species decline and extinction, and

Whereas the weakening of habitat protections in section 35 of the Fisheries Act will negatively impact Canada’s water quality and fisheries, and

Whereas changing the wording of the Fisheries Act or other laws affecting the health of Canada’s ecosystems must be based on the best science available, and

Whereas it is critical that any changes to the Fisheries Act do not jeopardize the ecosystems on which we and future generations depend simply to provide short-term profit for a few;

THEREFORE your petitioners call upon the House of Commons to keep section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act as it is currently written with its emphasis on habitat protection.