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Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the hon. member for his presentation. It was very entertaining. As an agriculture producer, I can see two sides of this story. There is no doubt that trans fat is a terrible food item that we must eliminate and hopefully eliminate it by market

November 18th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to commend the NDP for taking on this initiative because there is no doubt that trans fats are a very major issue in our diets, in the health of our children, and our community. However, I have some concern about this whole move toward a zero tolerance policy

November 18th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Tlicho Land Claims and Self-Government Act  Mr. Speaker, I may not have as much experience in the House as the parliamentary secretary, but that still does not give her the right to go out and negotiate deals that are flawed. We need to make sure that the deals we put in place, ones that are going to be used as templates,

October 29th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Tlicho Land Claims and Self-Government Act  Mr. Speaker, definitely there is concern that the Tlicho agreement contradicts our own Constitution and Charter of Rights. We need to ensure that the agreements we are negotiating reflect the desire of the Government of Canada and the people of Canada that all citizens are treate

October 29th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Tlicho Land Claims and Self-Government Act  Mr. Speaker, today I rise in the House to register my opposition to Bill C-14, the Tlicho agreement. Little attention has been focused on this agreement and it is almost certainly the most significant agreement concluded by the Canadian government in recent years. The effect of

October 29th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, the ruminant livestock industry is in trouble and it continues to suffer due to BSE border closures. Over 100,000 ruminant producers need help now. It is unbelievable that the government does not hesitate to insult our U.S. neighbours, but it lacks the backbone to n

October 29th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Terrorism  Mr. Speaker, when it comes to anti-Americanism the Liberals just cannot kick the habit. We have had Liberals refer to Americans as “morons”, “bastards” and “idiots”. Then last week we had Liberal ministers picking sides in the U.S. election. Now we have the Liberal MP for Don Val

October 26th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, the BSE border closure has caused a backlog of livestock across the country, and the need for more slaughter capacity is a must. New start-ups have been trying to access Farm Credit Canada's venture investment fund to start their operations. Many producers are skepti

October 15th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Chair, just to follow up, the deadline is approaching, and not because they do not have their plan in place. They have a good plan. They have an opportunity to buy a plant in the U.S. and move it up here. The deadline is on the offer to purchase. If they do not have their fin

October 12th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Chair, the hon. member across the way was talking about SRMs and how it has become necessary for us to remove SRMs in our food processing systems. Because of the SRM criteria, we essentially have had to go to designating plants as being either for youthful animals or for mat

October 12th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Chair, in his speech the hon. member talked about the isolation, or that the Quebec cow herd should not have been roped into the same category as the rest of Canada since the BSE crisis broke out in Alberta. There is one thing I want to acknowledge. I want to thank the Quebec

October 12th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Chair, I just want to follow up on the comment by the parliamentary secretary about how much this has cost the industry. He tried to paint the picture. From my own personal experience as a cattle producer and from talking to friends and fellow producers in my area, I know th

October 12th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Speaker, today I would like to address the devastation felt by ranchers and farmers across Canada. BSE has negatively affected farm and ranch families and has impacted all the towns and small businesses in my riding of Selkirk--Interlake. Producers have not been able to keep

October 8th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Chair, I was disappointed with the Speech from the Throne. The mention of agriculture was relegated to three letters and one word. I believe that this issue is so important that we need to be debating it and it needs to be the foremost priority of the government. I encourage

October 7th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative

Agriculture  Mr. Chair, yes, I believe we need to remove these barriers. It does not concern me as a producer. I believe most producers would say that they would like to see a good two-way trade. That will help cultivate the discussion to opening the border totally for live animal trade acros

October 7th, 2004House debate

James BezanConservative