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Transporting Compromised Animals
Roger Gaudet (Berthier—Montcalm, BQ): Mr. Speaker, the Food
Inspection Agency recently decided to reinstate a rule on transporting
compromised animals and did not bother to notify hog producers about it.
As a result, a number of them were heavily fined and feel they were caught
in a trap.
What measures does the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food intend to
take to bring the Food Inspection Agency to order and make it stop this
abusive and prejudicial treatment of farmers in my region?
Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.): Mr.
Speaker, I was in Quebec last Thursday and Friday, where I met with the
hog producers in Quebec. They brought this issue to my attention. I told
them I would most certainly look into it. I have asked the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency to look into this issue.