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Income Stabilization Program
Mr. Rick Borotsik
(Brandon—Souris, PC): Mr. Speaker, the Ontario Minister of
Agriculture said recently that the federal government is letting down
Ontario farmers. The province's farmers are left worried and uncertain
about the future of their income stabilization program and are without
adequate protection from economic hardship.
It seems the government needs an election or a by-election in order to
make a policy announcement. With a by-election in Perth—Middlesex, can
we now expect the agriculture minister to say something, anything, that is
going to be acceptable to Ontario farmers?
Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, I have informed all the ministers of agriculture that I now
have the authority to sign the implementation agreements to put in place
the agriculture policy framework and all the funding that goes with it to
all the provinces. The Minister of Agriculture has the opportunity to sign
that for her farmers in Ontario if she wishes to do that for them.