Hon. Jake Epp (Provencher):
Mr. Speaker, how he describes the tobacco industry is accurate. Experience, and bitter experience, teaches us that. On the one hand, it says it does not want young people to smoke but on the other hand it promotes smoking for young people.
I think we can say that Canada today is a leader in the anti-smoking crusade. We have had difficulty, for example, with tobacco farmers. I disagree with the hon. member that it is easy for tobacco farmers to switch over to other crops that are at least as financially beneficial to them as is tobacco. The land in the Delhi area is possibly not as suited to replacement crops. That is a reality we face.
Having said that though, there is a bottom line. I believe the tobacco industry is an amazing industry. It is the only industry that promotes death, destruction, fire, health loss, illness and a shortened life span and makes it glamorous. It is the only industry that is able to do that. It has a phenomenal marketing ability.
If one listens to my words they sound very harsh but they are absolutely accurate. Take a look. What next step does the member feel that Canada should take to promote public health policy, and particularly the reduction of smoking, especially among young people in Canada?
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF