Mr. Speaker, on so many bills, we have made proposals to enhance them to ensure that we have protections for the different entities they affect.
On this bill, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food had indicated:
I've also heard some good suggestions about providing more clarity, making the bill's language more useful, and as you alluded to, Mr. Chair, we will be passing some amendments to that end...
Yet here we are. We did propose an NDP amendment that would have required the intent to infringe on patent protection be proven first. This would have protected producers from being sued for patent infringement due to accidental reasons, while continuing to ensure that deliberate patent infringement would be pursued.
Could the member opposite explain why the government defeated this proposal, given the fact that we wanted to ensure that the proper protection would be in place?