Mr. Speaker, I want to express the importance of the cattle industry and the other equally important ruminant industries that were worth over $7 billion before the border closed. The entire agricultural sector has always contributed a great deal to Canada's prosperity.
I want to commend all of the proud agricultural producers who are fighting through these hard times waiting for the border to reopen. I also want to thank President Bush for his commitment to veto any legislation that crosses his desk with the intent to delay the border opening.
I also have to express my disappointment and the anger of all those in the cattle and livestock industries at this Liberal government that has failed to expand the packing industry in every region. Liberals have failed to find a Canadian solution that would ensure a healthier market and security for the future. I hope all Canadians join with me in condemning this Liberal government for its dithering approach.
I call on this government to immediately use the contingency fund to expand the slaughter industry regionally, access new export markets, reduce the herd, and deliver relief quickly and directly to primary producers.