Mr. Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, it is an honour and a privilege to be able to represent the people of Brandon-Souris, who last fall once again voted for trusted leadership and strong economic management.
Since being elected I have been meeting with constituents who all understand that one of the main industries driving our local economy is agriculture. Pork and cattle producers in Southwestern Manitoba have been calling for a timely and responsive program to help protect them when commodity prices go down.
Could the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture please tell the House about the recent launch of the livestock price insurance program?
Mr. Pierre Lemieux (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the new member for Brandon-Souris on having taken his place among us here today.
He is absolutely right. Canadians want a government that puts the economy first. The livestock price insurance program will help protect western livestock producers against unexpected price declines. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association has said the following: "This program gives more producers access to a solid tool to manage price and basis risk".
The constituents of Brandon-Souris can rest assured that under our Prime Minister we will continue to give farmers the tools they need to grow jobs and strengthen our economy.