Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank my colleague from British
Columbia Southern Interior, who I have known for many years as a very
great member of Parliament in the House, for bringing forward this bill.
I know that the member is very diligent in his work. He is a member who
has a long history in the agricultural industry. At one point, he was
the agricultural critic for many years in the NDP and I know the riding
he represents has a number of agricultural producers, so it is an issue
that he is very familiar with.
I also know he is a member
who is very diligent in the research that he does and the issues he
brings to the House. I was very interested when he first brought forward
Bill C-571, an act to amend the Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food
for Canadians Act concerning the slaughter of horses for human
consumption. I know he brought forward this bill because of the research
he has done, the people he has spoken to, the concern he has that the
status quo in Canada is very unsatisfactory, indeed is not safe, and
something that needs to be debated in the House and looked at. It is
very meritorious that this bill has been brought forward and we are
having the debate in the House. We will vote on it, I believe, tomorrow.