Mr. Speaker, despite what the member may say, the fact is that these labels, “made in Canada” and “product of Canada”, are needed by industry, are wanted by Canadians, and are needed and wanted by Canadian producers. Lee Townsend of Wild Rose Agricultural Producers said recently at committee that this will “most definitely” help farmers.
Canadians are concerned about the safety of imported food. When Canadians pick up a food labelled “product of Canada”, they expect it to be Canadian inside and out.
According to an Angus Reid survey, over 90% of Canadians agree with the direction of these new guidelines.
Furthermore, Canadians know it is unpalatable to hide foreign ingredients under a “product of Canada” label.
Canadians want to know what was in their food and our Conservative government has delivered.