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Susan Whelan (Essex, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, since 2000, Canada has been
affected by the introduction of three devastating imported forest pests,
the emerald ash borer in southwestern Ontario, the Asian longhorned beetle
in Ontario and the brown spruce longhorn beetle in Halifax.
As part of its aggressive control and eradication campaign, the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency has ordered many trees destroyed.
Will the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food compensate tree owners for
Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.): Mr.
Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Essex, and the hon. members for
Vaughan—King—Aurora, Etobicoke North, Chatham—Kent Essex and
Lambton—Kent—Middlesex for all the support they have given me on this
I would like to inform them and the House that the Government of Canada
will be announcing today a $6.5 million compensation package to compensate
farmers and families across Canada who have been impacted by the fact that
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has had to cut down trees within their