moved for leave to introduce Bill C-356, An Act to provide cost-of-production protection for the family farm.
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to introduce this bill on behalf of farmers throughout Canada. The idea of this bill is to provide cost of production protection to family farms in cases where the weighted average input cost of products typically produced or suited to production in a farming zone exceeds the weighted average netback to the farm gate of such products, averaged over three years.
The costs, then, in this pricing formula would be calculated on the basis of marketable product. That way, they would take into account bad weather, pests and other crop loss factors. It is a lot more fair. It would be a huge help to prairie farmers. I am very proud that my colleague, the hon. member for Windsor West, is here to second this bill today.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)