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Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, I want to express the importance of the cattle industry and the other equally important ruminant industries that were worth over $7 billion before the border closed. The entire agricultural sector has always contributed a great deal to Canada's prosperity. I want to

March 10th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I know time is short but I would like to thank you for allowing my colleague a little flexibility in the time which permitted her to speak to all the important points. I hope you will grant me the same flexibility in the future. I want to recognize my colleague for

March 9th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Canadian Livestock Industry  Mr. Speaker, although money has flowed to producers, I think we all can agree that the loss to the industry is over $7 billion. The amount of money that has been derived from government sources by no means even compensates a part of the loss. Most guys are so far in the red that

March 8th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Canadian Livestock Industry  Mr. Speaker, I can assure my hon. colleague that I have actually been touring the ranches at Quilchena, Nicola and Douglas Lake and have really enjoyed the time that I had in the valley and seeing how those operations function, which is quite a bit different from the way we do bu

March 8th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Canadian Livestock Industry  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time this evening with my colleague from Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound. I want to thank my colleague, the member for Battlefords—Lloydminster, for allowing us to have this debate and for bringing this motion forward. I also want to recognize the Minis

March 8th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, the border remains closed to live cattle and ruminants for an indeterminate amount of time, making increased slaughter capacity essential. The industry's losses are well over $7 billion. This government thinks that its token relief is sufficient. Farm families are st

March 8th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, due to his past experience, this minister has been banking on the border reopening. The agriculture minister has not delivered any of his promises. He talks about billions in farm aid, yet producers are going broke. Much needed CAIS money is not reaching the farm ga

March 8th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I want to take exception to some of the comments made by the hon. member in his speech on the budget. He said, “everybody likes the budget”, but he failed to mention that the Canadian Federation of Agriculture is very disappointed with the budget. The Canadian Catt

March 7th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Correctional Service Canada  Mr. Speaker, recent media reports state that Stoney Mountain Penitentiary just ranked third out of 54 federal prisons for weapon seizures. Corrections officers confiscated nearly 1,200 weapons across Canada during 2004. Corrections officers put their lives at risk every day but

February 25th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister said it was no longer going to be a matter of asking who one knows in the PMO and that he would put an end to cronyism. He soon appointed John Harvard as Lieutenant Governor to make way for his star candidate Glen Murray who failed to win. However

February 18th, 2005House debate

James BezanConservative

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