Libby questions the Conservative government’s changes to food and drug approvals



House of Commons


May 14, 2012

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the sweeping changes in the Conservative’s budget would negatively impact the lives of Canadians.

One of the many disturbing changes would allow the Minister of Health to ignore current regulations and authorize the sale of products that contain harmful substances.

After gutting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and reducing the number of food inspectors, why is the government blatantly refusing to follow regulations that are essential to keeping Canadians and our food safe?

Hon. Gerry Ritz (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the member opposite and all Canadians that their food is safe. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues to play a major role inspecting imported foods as well as what we produce here domestically. There is still a growing number of inspectors out there on the front lines. We had put $100 million into last year’s budget. We have put $51 million into this year’s budget, which, of course, the NDP voted against.