|These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard
Mr. Bernard Bigras (Rosemont—Petite-Patrie, BQ): Mr. Speaker,
this week the Canadian Wheat Board asked Monsanto to withdraw its request
to have genetically modified wheat certified.
Will the Minister of Agriculture admit that if approved, Monsanto's
request would make the Canadian situation even worse and close even more
doors on international markets? Does the minister intend to say no to
Monsanto, as requested by the Canadian Wheat Board?
Hon. Lyle Vanclief (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, again I gave an example of a product that passed the tests of
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Ministry of Health a few years
ago. The developer of that product recognized a concern that had been
raised by the Canadian Wheat Board and it was not put on the market. The
system can work. That is a good example of the situation and how it can