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Land Use Bans
Mrs. Carol Skelton
(SaskatoonóRosetownóBiggar, Canadian Alliance): Mr. Speaker, the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency has invoked land use bans on some elk
Cervid producers worry it will be expanded even though the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency lacks the scientific proof to do so. Therefore, they may
not report suspected chronic wasting disease because of the government not
having a contingency plan.
What will the minister do to ensure that the reporting system is not
compromised from fear of the CFIA?
Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the member knows that for reportable diseases such as chronic
wasting disease, if anyone, whether a producer, a veterinarian, or whoever
is aware of that or suspects that, does not report that, they are breaking
the law. If they do not report it and it becomes known, they will be
treated according to the laws that are in place.