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Agriculture  Mr. Chair, I want to congratulate you on your new promotion. You are going to do a great job. Since this is my first time to rise in the 39th Parliament, I want to thank the great people of Selkirk--Interlake for putting their faith in me one more time. Agriculture is extremel

April 6th, 2006House debate

James BezanConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am presenting two petitions to the House today. The first petition has over 380 signatures on it. The petitioners call upon the government to enact legislation to eliminate the goods and services tax charged on the federal excise tax on fuel and all other provinci

November 28th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Excise Tax Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-458, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no excise tax on fuel for farmers and fishermen). Mr. Speaker, I am proud today to introduce my private member's bill to eliminate the federal excise tax charged on fuel used in farming and in the fishi

November 28th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the advocacy that my hon. colleague from across the way has constantly brought forward in the House in serious debates on agriculture, and also at the agriculture committee. She has been extremely knowledgeable. Often on issues of agriculture, her view

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade is an egg farmer who has been involved in the supply management industry for quite some time. We are hearing here today that supply managed industries do not feel that the government has done enough i

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  I am sorry, Mr. Speaker. I know you are not involved in egg production, coming from B.C., but I know that the parliamentary secretary has been involved in egg production. I just want to know if he feels that the Liberal government has addressed the issue of protecting supply mana

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I recognize that my hon. colleague is a great contributor to our agriculture committee and that she brings her farming background and experience to the committee's work at all times. I want to read what the Conservative Party passed as a resolution that came out of o

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt that farmers have felt abandoned over the last number of years. We have had three budgets brought forward in the last eight months and not one gave any more money to agriculture. The last two did not even mention it. We have a situation where farme

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I wish to reiterate that I am splitting my time with the hon. member for Central Nova. Just to bring some clarity back into the discussion, I want to reiterate that the Conservative Party has 24 members here who are farmers or who have been involved in farming. I am

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank my colleague from the Bloc, the agriculture critic, the member for Richmond—Arthabaska, for his motion today, giving us this chance to again talk about a desperate situation that we have in agriculture and, really, the future of Canadian agriculture a

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank my hon. colleague from the Bloc for her intervention in today's debate. It is a very important debate about how important agriculture is in Canada. All parties in the House have reiterated time and time again that we are committed to the supply manag

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the difficulty the government has in dealing with the World Trade Organization. I know talks have been going on for quite some time and I know about the unsuccessful talks that we had in Cancun and Seattle. This has been a very contentious issue for a lo

November 22nd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I would like to present a petition from over 800 residents who are calling for the government to axe the GST from being charged on the federal and provincial excise tax on fuels.

November 21st, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Aboriginal Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we have a terrible election scandal involving vote buying, influence peddling and election rigging, but for once this does not directly involve the Liberal Party of Canada. During the last three band council elections on Manitoba's Peguis First Nation reserve, voter

November 18th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Aboriginal Affairs  Mr. Speaker, if the Liberals are serious about that, they would not have scrapped the Indian governance act. The Peguis First Nation for Democracy requested the RCMP and INAC to investigate the past two elections. The first investigation is just coming out now and found election

November 18th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative