Mr. Maurice Foster (Algoma):
Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Agriculture.
Last week he issued a press release announcing the grape adjustment program as a result of the trade deal with the United States. In that press release the Government is committed to a strong and viable grape and wine industry in British Columbia.
Could the Minister explain, since approximately over 2,000 of the 3,400 acres of grape vines are expected to be removed, how you could have a strong and viable grape industry when more than two-thirds of it will be removed? Could the Minister answer even one question for the grape growers? Is the adjustment assistance subject to income tax? The growers have no idea about the program or whether the adjustment assistance will be taxable.