Mr. Mel Gass (Malpeque):
Madam Speaker, 1 rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 43.
In view of the fact that many sheep owners in the maritime provinces are losing sheep to two contagious diseases, enzootic abortion and pulmonary adenomatosis, and in view of the fact that all the affected sheep were purchased from, or have been in contact with sheep from two government-run importation groups who kept the sheep in quarantine for three years, and it is only after the sheep have been dispersed to the Canadian public that these diseases have been confirmed, and in view of the fact that the same virus that causes enzootic abortion in sheep causes it in cattle, I move, seconded by the hon. member for South Shore (Mr. Crouse):
That this House instruct the Minister of Agriculture to immediately launch a full scale investigation into this matter so that farmers who purchase sheep for the purpose of improving their stocks will be protected from purchasing diseased sheep and compensated for those already purchased.
Sub-subtopic: SHEEP CONTAGIOUS DISEASES-COMPENSATION FOR FARMERS AFFECTED-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43