Mr. James A. McGrath (St. John's East):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity, since Christmas is approximately one week away.
In an in-house publication put out by Agriculture Canada on November 28, entitled "Food Outlook", under the heading "Poultry" is found the following:
Turkey supplies will be short for Christmas, causing much higher retail prices than a year ago.
In view of that, under the provisions of Standing Order 43 I move:
That this House directs the Minister of Agriculture to apologize to his colleague, the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, whom he embarrassed in the House and seriously undermined and, furthermore, that he apologize to Canadian consumers who are forced to pay higher prices for turkeys because of the minister's refusal to accept the advice of his own department.
Sub-subtopic: PRICE AND SUPPLY OF TURKEYS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43