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Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, the agriculture minister is back from his BSE mission to the U.S. but it appears he came back with half the deal he went there with. The U.S. said that it would open the border to live animals and boneless meat from mature animals on March 7. Now it is only opening

February 11th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, the Province of Manitoba is currently in a legal dispute with the United States over water diversion from Devil's Lake in North Dakota. This diversion could potentially devastate Lake Winnipeg's water quality, fishing stocks and cause greater flooding along the Red R

February 4th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, yes, farmers are very frustrated. There is no doubt that taking out the deposit requirement will allow farmers to keep more of their dollars which will allow them to put crop in the ground, pay for the fertilizer and continue on with their farming operations until th

February 3rd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, as a party policy we believe in producer participation in whole farm insurance. The difference here is that the CAIS program is being used to deliver disaster assistance. We firmly believe that disaster assistance is the sole responsibility of the government. If the

February 3rd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Lethbridge. I want to thank the Leader of the Official Opposition for giving us the opportunity today to debate agriculture, which far too often is missed out in the banter that exists in the House as we go through our

February 3rd, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I concur with the parliamentary secretary that we have to rehabilitate and reintegrate our violent offenders and our criminals. and ensure that they go through the proper process. However, the current system that we have today is not working. The government has faile

February 1st, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am following up on a question I asked back on November 26 to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Essentially, on November 7 a murder was committed in one of the cities in my riding. A young man was beaten to death by

February 1st, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Enforcement Act  It had to do with the price.

December 7th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Red River Floodway  Madam Speaker, plans for the expansion of the Red River floodway around Winnipeg are well underway. The cost is expected to be in excess of three-quarters of a billion dollars, with the costs shared equally between the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Canada. However

December 6th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Marriage  Mr. Speaker, in Manitoba people licensed as marriage commissioners have been told that they have to perform same sex marriages or turn in their commissioner's licence. This is clearly an infringement on their freedoms protected by the charter. Eleven commissioners have been force

December 3rd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Auditor General Act  Mr. Speaker, it does not address the whole issue of the other animals that are still shut out of the U.S. market. We know from what the President has said that the U.S. is only looking at animals under 30 months of age in the cattle industry. Therefore, the other sectors still ha

December 2nd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Auditor General Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to return to a discussion I raised in question period, regarding the closure of the border to the Canadian cattle and ruminant industries. The discussion revolved around what the government proposed to do with the Americans to get the border open and what type

December 2nd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, in the current BSE situation, as it is with all animal health diseases, there is no doubt that we are one country when we are viewed by the OIE, Office International des Epizooties, which is the rule making body that Canada belongs to along with other nations in the

December 2nd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, in the situation of the Ranchers Choice Beef Co-op, it has put together a good business plan and a great marketing plan. Its whole focus has been on the mature animals, which, as I mentioned in my presentation, is an area where we doubt that there will be much moveme

December 2nd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Fundy Royal. As many people in the House know, I am a cattle producer and have been living through this tragedy along with my family, friends and neighbours. My constituency is heavily dependant upon the livestock indus

December 2nd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative