These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard documents.

Embarrassing the Hell Out of Americans

Ms. Diane Finley (Haldimand—Norfolk, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have once again shown their anti-American bias while the U.S. border remains closed to our Canadian cattle and livestock. This strategy is like poking someone in the eye and then asking them for a favour.

If the Prime Minister were truly serious about American border issues he would be more outraged about this than we are.

Could the Prime Minister explain how his government's policy of “embarrassing the hell out of the Americans” will help reopen the U.S. border to our Canadian livestock?

Hon. R. John Efford (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, if hon. members opposite were truly serious about getting the border open and working with the Minister of Agriculture they would not be standing in this House day after day criticizing what the government is doing.

This government is doing everything possible. The opposition would be better served if it took a proactive approach instead of a negative approach.

Ms. Diane Finley (Haldimand—Norfolk, CPC): Mr. Speaker, instead of trying to embarrass the Americans, the Prime Minister should stop embarrassing himself and our country.

The Prime Minister's hand-picked personal representative for Canada-U.S. relations has once again shown the government's disrespect for our southern neighbours. This brazen disregard further jeopardizes the future of our already beleaguered livestock producers.

When will the Prime Minister repair the damage done, demonstrate that he is serious about Canada-U.S. relations and fire his parliamentary secretary?

Hon. Pierre Pettigrew (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am sure the opposition calls far more the attention of Washington with that comment than the comment itself generated. The opposition is really not helping the beef producers in the west.

This government is working hard with the Americans to reopen the border to softwood lumber and to beef. We are working hard with them in building in Afghanistan and the reconstruction of Iraq. We are working together in Haiti. We are also working with the Mexicans in building a stronger North America, while those people just do not--

The Speaker: The hon. member for Vancouver Island North.