Mr. Stephen Harper (Leader of the Opposition, Canadian Alliance)
Mr. Speaker, the government's delays in dealing with the mad cow crisis are leading to a catastrophe in the beef industry. The acting Prime Minister admits that some of these delays are due to the Liberal leadership transition. This obviously has not been helped by the Prime Minister's gaffs in dealing with President Bush.
On the latest delay, only now the government has begun testing a second line of cattle for mad cow, even though it knew about this line from the beginning.
Why did the government wait weeks before testing the second line?