|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
Slaughter Provision to be Removed
Mr. Peter Adams
(Peterborough, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of
Agriculture and Agri-Food.
The BSE issue has become a tragedy affecting not only the beef industry
but all of rural Canada. In my riding alone, 1,000 families are directly
I have asked before and I ask again, what is the minister doing to help
farm families hit by the BSE crisis?
Hon. Bob Speller (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.): Mr.
Speaker, I agree with the hon. member that the Canadian beef industry is
in a difficult state. I have had an opportunity to consult with Canadian
farmers and farm families. They have told me that they would like us to
remove the slaughter provision from the cull cow program.
I am pleased to announce today that in fact we are doing that; however,
more needs to be done. I want to assure all hon. members that I am working
with the industry to do exactly that.