moved for leave to introduce Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (genetically modified food).
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to give first reading of my private member's bill. The purpose of my bill is straightforward. It would make labelling of genetically modified foods mandatory in Canada.
To do that, I propose to amend the Food and Drugs Act to prevent any person from selling any food that is genetically modified, unless its label contains the information prescribed by regulations.
I hope to have the support of a majority of the members in the House because, as has been shown many times, there is tremendous support for this among Canadians.
I look forward to further debate in this House.
(Motion deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)