Mr. Marcel Ostiguy (Saint-Hyacinthe):
Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I seek the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity, considering the dire straits in which the chicken industry is in Quebec and in all Canada.
Yesterday I received a copy of a telegram which the Quebec poultry producers' union sent to the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Clark) in which they urged him to order an immediate stop to any issue of supplementary import quotas to the United States, since the present inventories and physical production facilities are sufficient to meet the demand of the Canadian market. Besides, the Quebec Federation des producteurs de volailles, supported by the UPA, is worried about the excess production of chicken piling up in storage facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. Therefore, 1 move:
That the government give instructions to have any supplementary imports of chicken from the United States stopped immediately, that the agreement on import quotas with the United States be re-negotiated to the level of egg import quotas, that the government submit the request of Canadian producers to GATT arbitration if the Americans disagree.
Sub-subtopic: REQUEST THAT SUPPLEMENTARY IMPORTS OF POULTRY FROM U.S. BE STOPPED-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43