House of Commons Hansard #125 of the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was farmers.

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

(Motion agreed to)

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Shall we proceed with questions and comments for another two minutes?

Is the parliamentary secretary in agreement? There is not enough time for a debate. Would you rather make comments?

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Liberal

Claude Duplain Portneuf, QC

Agreed.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

Questions and comments, the hon. member for Wild Rose.

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Canadian Alliance

Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB

Madam Speaker, I know the member is familiar with my riding and that the area is filled with ranchers and cattle. In fact, there are more cattle than there are people, but those ranchers are anxiously awaiting some real results coming out of this. There is one thing that they would like to know more about and that is the involvement of the NAFTA in this entire situation. Would the member take a moment to explain what that is all about?

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Canadian Alliance

Kevin Sorenson Crowfoot, AB

Madam Speaker, we certainly believe in the NAFTA in our party. There are certain parts of the NAFTA that talk about border closures and health risks, but if I understand it correctly it is contingent on the fact that there is science and evidence.

Now that there is science and evidence showing that it was one isolated incident, it would give cause to put a little pressure on the government to open the border. However, I would be very cautious before we move to any type of trade lawyer or any type of trade dispute because the Americans, or any country, can use such court cases to stall, postpone and hold this issue up even more.

Therefore, we need to move carefully. I am not one who says we should bring forward a dispute that is there in NAFTA with trade lawyers and such, but we need to move cautiously on it. However, NAFTA does say that if the evidence is there the border should be opened and we hope that it happens soon.

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Portneuf
Québec

Liberal

Claude Duplain Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Madam Speaker, I just wanted to mention that the comments made by opposition members this afternoon indicated their opposition to what the government has been able to do.

I will be voting against this motion because we have already heard from the opposition members, who did not quite agree as to whether the Prime Minister should go or not. These speeches attested to the government's actions, past and present, with regard to the mad cow crisis.

I am voting against this motion.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

It being 5:15 p.m., it is my duty to interrupt the proceedings and put forthwith every question necessary to dispose of the business of supply.

Is the House ready for the question?

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Some hon. members

Question.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

The question is on the motion. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Some hon. members

Agreed.

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Some hon. members

No.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

All those in favour of the motion will please say yea.

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Some hon. members

Yea.

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The Acting Speaker (Ms. Bakopanos)

All those opposed will please say nay.