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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

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, this month a man was beaten to death with a 2x4 outside a townhouse in a city in my riding. Two of the offenders were in parole violation, and one of these parolees has just been charged with rape and incest. The government continues to allow violent and dangerous o

November 26th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member definitely missed the point of the question, which is that the comments that are coming from the Liberal benches are hurting our relationship with the U.S. and that those comments are discriminating and intolerant on their behalf. They have to bring i

November 25th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, I am following up a question that I originally asked on October 26. It related to a comment made by the member for Don Valley East. I want to quote from the Ottawa Citizen concerning a comment she made, which I have taken exception to. It says: --(the U. S. administ

November 25th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member from Medicine Hat for that great presentation. Would he expand a bit more about the lack of compassion the government has shown for the farmers in the Mirabel area and how this has been devastating to their livelihood? Would the member

November 25th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like my colleague to go into a little more detail about how devastating this expropriation of land has been to the government and how it has affected these farm families. I know from my experience as a farmer that it is very difficult to borrow money when a

November 25th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Chair, that is great for the minister. However, the Liberals have said that they would increase funding for overall juvenile diabetes. Yet they have maintained the status quo and everyone knows that status quo is Latin for do nothing. When will the minister follow through on

November 23rd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Chair, I want to respond to some of the comments that the parliamentary secretary just made about the glowing account of how great health care is in this country. In my home province of Manitoba, we have had a problem with hallway medicine, extended waiting times and not bei

November 23rd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Chair, many people in my riding are suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In Manitoba, over 36,000 people are suffering from diabetes. Over 2 million Canadians are suffering from diabetes. In the aboriginal communities, diabetes is two to three times higher. Clearly, we

November 23rd, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, at a recent agriculture committee meeting, the parliamentary secretary said about the CAIS program: I guess...it's a policy problem, but...part of the problem with CAIS is...it really wasn't designed...to deal with a disaster, and we're trying to have it cover a dis

November 19th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to return to the national guidelines for meat quality inspection. The federal government does have a role in interprovincial trade of products. To rely completely on the provinces to come to an agreement on interprovincial trade has been long in coming. It is

November 18th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, this is a follow-up question to my question on October 15 regarding slaughter capacity due to border closure because of the BSE crisis. That question was specific to Farm Credit Canada's venture investment fund and the new loan loss program. This follow-up question i

November 18th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative