February 16, 2004 (37th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Charles Caccia


Hon. Charles Caccia

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the parliamentary secretary for his comprehensive reply, but it is not exhaustive enough nor satisfactory enough, particularly his concluding remarks in which he seems to indicate that the policy his department is pursuing is one of balancing consumer confidence with the interests of stakeholders. I think that is a recipe for disaster.
The government has to give leadership and protect the consumer, therefore signal the industry as to what is acceptable and what is not.
In my opening intervention I indicated a number of reasons why the Monsanto application should be shelved, not only on environmental consideration, but on economic considerations, and they are considerable. Also the position taken by the Canadian Wheat Board and the reluctance on the part of western farmers in adopting this type of genetically modified wheat should be taken into account.
I would urge the parliamentary secretary to reconsider his reply.

Topic:   Adjournment Proceedings
Subtopic:   Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply
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