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Meeting No. 17

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met at 11:10 a.m. this day, in Room 362, East Block, the Chair, Paul Steckle, presiding.

Member(s) of the Committee present: David L. Anderson, Gérard Binet, Rick Borotsik, Garry Breitkreuz, Claude Duplain, Mark Eyking, Dick Proctor, Bob Speller, Paul Steckle, Rose-Marie Ur.

Acting Member(s) present:  Carol Skelton for Howard Hilstrom.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Jean-Denis Fréchette, analyst.

Witness(es): From the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Dr. Merv Baker, Director, Food of Animal Origin Division. From the Department of Agriculture and Food of Manitoba: Dr. John Taylor, Director, Animal Industry Branch. From the Department of Agriculture and Food of Ontario: Dr. Tom Baker, Director, Food Inspection Branch. From the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Dr. Sarah Kahn, Director, Animal Health and Production Division.

Pursuant to 108(2), Briefing session on meat inspection codes for interprovincial trade.

Merv Baker and John Taylor made opening statements and with Tom Baker, answered questions.

At 12:05 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:15 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to 108(2), Briefing session on regulations regarding feed for farmed gamed animals. (Feeds Act and the regulations)

Sarah Kahn made an opening statement.

Debate arose there on.

By unanimous consent, David L. Anderson for Howard Hilstrom, moved, - That the Committee investigate the impact of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on the domestic elk and deer herds in Western Canada;


That as part of this investigation, the Committee invite elk ranchers from Saskatchewan and Alberta to appear before the Committee to discuss the impact CWD has had on their operations; and


That the Committee invite officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to appear before the Committee, to discuss the government’s plans to deal with this persistent and growing problem.


By unanimous consent, it was ordered, - That the motion be amended by adding after the word “problem” the following:


“providing there is sufficient funding to invite witnesses.”


After debate, the motion, as amended, was agreed to.


Sarah Kahn answered questions.

At 12:55 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Bibiane Ouellette

Clerk of the Committee