Mr. Leon Benoit (Vegreville—Wainwright, CPC)
Mr. Speaker, I listened to the member for Malpeque and I heard very little offered as solutions.
The one thing he did mention is that there should be a per head payment for livestock. The last time that happened was in 1975. It destroyed the cattle industry in Canada and it took more than 10 years for the industry to recover.
Two things would happen with what the member recommended. First of all, because it would be contravening trade deals, the borders would be closed and roughly 50% of Canadian production would be eliminated, no market whatsoever. That would damage the industry. The second thing that would happen is the hog and cattle numbers would not be reduced like they should and that as well would lead to a wreck in the industry like we saw in 1975.
How could the member be so callous as to propose a solution to the problem that has been proven to fail in the past and would fail miserably again?
Subtopic: Livestock Industry