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Mr. Bill Blaikie
(Winnipeg—Transcona, NDP): Mr. Speaker, no one likes to be a prop
for the Prime Minister, but I was talking about star wars not SARS wars,
and I want to ask a question.
After that brief shining moment of independence we have seen nothing but
supine acquiescence on the part of the Prime Minister when it comes to
star wars, vetting our marijuana laws in Washington, and now we have the
Canadian government joining with the American government in opposing the
ban on GMOs in Europe.
I wonder if this is a sign that someday GM wheat will be imposed on
western Canadians whether--
The Speaker: The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows very well that we have one of the best
systems in the world to analyze whether a genetically modified crop is
either registered or grown. It is examined by Health Canada and the
Canadian Food Inspection Agency for a number of reasons. That process is
taking place at the present time. We do not know what the results of that
As a government we also know that there are a number of factors that must
be taken into consideration in addition to that and we are looking at ways
in which that can be considered as well.