February 15, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Eugene Whelan (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. E. F. Whelan (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member should probably know that we decontaminate the material that is used in this feed program, and that it comes from the province of Manitoba. It is not just coming from the province of Quebec: it is associated with a wide, wide area in Canada; that is the area from which the problem arises and we cannot inspect every little batch of feed that is being used-there is no way we can do that. The feed companies have that responsibility.
The suppliers should have a sense of responsibility in relation to good hygiene practices in order to make sure these inputs to the feed program, or feed rations, are handled in a much better fashion. We have one of the best records in the world for controlling animal health and feed inspection. If we had more money, we could have inspectors running up and down the road, as is the case in some socialist countries, getting in everybody's hair; but we depend on society itself for a certain amount of efficiency.
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Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   INQUIRY WHETHER FEED QUALITY LABORATORY WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN EASTERN CANADA
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