Mr. Speaker, I pointed out to the hon. member before that retroactivity is illegal according to Canadian law. We do not wish to participate in that for that very reason.
What we have done is pay $2 million over the last two or three years to sheep producers who have been unfortunately affected. We doubled the cap for animals yesterday for compensation.
I remind the hon. member again that the retroactivity is illegal under the existing law. We are also putting $1 million into animal identification in Canada. We are putting close to $400,000 into research to work on the disease that is affecting sheep in Canada.
The Farm Credit Corporation has put a 24 month loan deferral program in place. In the last three or four years we have given over $200 million to the province of Quebec on an equitable basis to assist its farmers in unfortunate farm income situations like this.