Mr. George Muir (Lisgar):
Mr. Speaker, we are pleased that the Department of Agriculture is allowing the importation of these European cattle. Since 7,000 head of cattle
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Importation of European Cattle have been applied for but only 615 head are to be imported, we hope that all applicants will be treated fairly. We do not think the allocation should be on the basis of how big the operation is of the farmer or livestock man who is asking for the importation. We feel that the small farmer has a contribution to make to agriculture as well as the large one.
We hope these factors will be taken into consideration in granting these permits and that the permits will be divided equitably among those who are interested. Because of the large number of applications, it is hard to understand why the importation of only 615 head will be allowed when as many as 7,000 could be handled. Perhaps the minister can explain why this big reduction was necessary. After all, 7,000 cattle spread across this country would not be too many to import in one year. We hope that in another year, after this program has been studied, larger importations will be allowed.
Subtopic: STATEMENT ON IMPORTATION OF EUROPEAN CATTLE