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Alex Atamanenko NDP MP for British Columbia Southern Interior (B.C.)

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, do we apply the same criteria to every country that we deal with? There is trade and then there is free trade. Canada has been a trading nation for many years. We continue to trade with some countries that are dictatorships and countries that violate human rights. Bu

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, there always has to be time and we always have to hope. Yes, I believe that the government could look at this agreement and say that it would give them some time to clean up these violations. We could send in a team to observe what is going on, have a look at our co

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I am glad to hear that my hon. colleague is reading the stuff I have put out. That is excellent, and I thank him for that. We have to look at trade agreements as benefiting our country first and foremost, and second, to look at what effect they will have on the coun

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, let me be clear. There are three fundamentally important criteria for assessing the merits of trade agreements. First, does the proposed partner respect democracy, human rights, adequate labour and environmental standards, and Canadian values? If there are challenge

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Meat Inspection Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not have that faith. The former head of one of the slaughterhouses in Saskatchewan that was shut down, said in an interview that he could not see how these horses were being sent to the slaughter. He said there was no control or way of verifying what had been

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Meat Inspection Act  Mr. Speaker, the beef industry is regulated. Some antibiotics are used but these antibiotics are allowed in the food chain. In the horse slaughter industry, there is a long list of prohibited medications, but as we have already said, those medications are given to horses. There

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Meat Inspection Act  Mr. Speaker, the point is that if once in its lifetime an animal has any of these prohibited substances administered to it, then that meat is no longer fit for human consumption, whether or not it is detectable according to the tests we use. The consensus is that roughly 85% or h

March 31st, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Meat Inspection Act  moved that Bill C-571, An Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (slaughter of equines for human consumption), be read the second time and referred to a committee. Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to speak to my Bill C-571 today. I will begin by r

March 31st, 2014
Bill

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Bill C-571 An Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (slaughter of equines for human consumption)

C-571 Second Session, Forty-first Parliament, 62 Elizabeth II, 2013-2014 HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA BILL C-571 An Act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (slaughter of equines for human consumption) first reading, January 29, 2014 Mr. Atamanenko

March 28th, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for his very informative speech and also for all the hard work he has done on behalf of farmers over the years he has been in this House. There has been a debate regarding the loss of the Canadian Wheat Board's single-desk status a

March 28th, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I would like to present two petitions. The first petition is in support of the bill I introduced in the House, Bill C-322, which would amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act to prohibit the importation or exportation of horses for slaughter for

March 28th, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, in the second petition, petitioners from my community of Nelson are calling on the Government of Canada to work with provincial and territorial governments to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec pension plans, and to implement a fully-funded plan to

March 5th, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the next petition is from the Nelson area calling for amendment of the Canada Elections Act to introduce a suitable system of proportional representation after public consultation.

March 5th, 2014
House debate

Alex Atamanenko
NDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the last but not least petition is in support of my Bill C-322 to prohibit the importation and exportation of horses for slaughter for human consumption, as well as horse meat products for human consumption.