Mr. John Wise (Elgin):
Mr. Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on an urgent matter of national importance.
In view of statements made by the hon. William Newman, Ontario minister of agriculture and food, to the Ontario Dairy Council's annual convention to the effect that a shortage of industrial milk produced in Ontario is causing severe losses in terms of jobs, farm income and secondary economic growth, as well as a loss of export sales, particularly of Cheddar cheese, I would move, seconded by the hon. member for Oxford (Mr. Halliday):
That the Minister of Agriculture accept his responsibilities and convene a meeting immediately with the provincial ministers, the National Milk Supply Management Committee and officials of the CDC for the express purpose of amending the present rigid quota policy so as to take into account changing production and market demand within the provinces.
Sub-subtopic: MILK-REQUESTED AMENDMENT OF QUOTA POLICY-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43