Mr. Speaker, Canada takes the world food summit to be held in Rome in November very seriously for a number of reasons.
Canada played a pivotal role in the founding of the FAO in 1945. We hosted the 50th anniversary ceremonies of the FAO in Quebec City in 1995 where the foundation for this summit was laid. It is also worth noting that Canada is one of the world's most productive nations in food and food products so we have a particular responsibility as we head to the Rome summit in November.
We will be emphasizing the principles of peace, democracy and human rights in our presentation.
We will be talking about the proper functioning of the world trading system so that it will be reliable from both the point of view of exporters and importers. We will be talking about the contributions to be made to productivity and sustainability by organizations like the PFRA and CIDA and private organizations like the UPA. We will also want to talk with both exporters and importers about
how we can all work better together on security of supply in the world and a vastly improved distribution system.