Mr. Speaker, I have just listened for a while to the farmers who are presently in front of the Parliament Buildings.
They are protesting, and rightly so, the fact that farmers across Canada cannot make ends meet.
I am encouraged by the statement of the hon. Minister of Agriculture this morning specifically on the need to the replace CAIS, but we need help now.
In my riding our apple growers are suffering because heavily subsidized apples from Washington State are being dumped in British Columbia. If we do not address the apple growers' concerns and those of other primary producers, we will soon be a nation which will lose its food security.
With regard to negotiations with the WTO, one of Canada's priorities must be to maintain our supply management program. Our independence is at stake.