|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—Petite-Patrie, BQ): Mr. Speaker, a
coalition against GMOs has just launched a campaign to send slices of
bread to the Prime Minister through the mail to voice its opposition to
genetically modified wheat in Canada. The marketing of GM wheat could not
only have an impact on consumers' health but also cause wheat producers to
lose a substantial market share.
Will the Prime Minister take this opportunity the coalition is giving him
to prohibit the approval of GM wheat in Canada and make GMO labelling
Hon. Mark Eyking (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food (Agri-Food), Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we have to
take a very balanced approach in dealing with GMO products in the country.
Not only do we need to worry about what people are consuming, but we also
have to worry about how farmers will compete with other places in the
We have to take a balanced approach, and we are looking into this matter.