Last week I questioned the Minister of Agriculture on why he has ignored calls from farmers to intervene on a decision by the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) that will change the sanitation requirements preventing the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in Western Canadian swine herds.
Last week I pressed the Liberal Government during Question Period to work with Manitoba Pork producers as the Minister of Agriculture has ignored calls from farmers to intervene on a decision by the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) that will change the sanitation requirements preventing the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in Western Canadian swine herds.
Western Canadian farmers expect that when they ask for help the federal government will listen and act... – however the Minister of Agriculture has shown a total disregard by expressing that he will not intervene on their behalf.
The previous Conservative Government had allowed livestock transport trailers in a pilot project to have their trailers washed and disinfected in disease-free, certified Canadian facilities, instead of being forced to use American facilities where PED is widespread.
According to Manitoba Pork, the Liberals have ignored advice from practicing veterinarians, all the major swine producer groups, the chief veterinary officers of the three Prairie Provinces, and swine health researchers.
For month’s livestock transporters and pork producers have raised this issue with the Liberal Government but nothing has been done.
The Manitoba Pork Producers recently issued a statement that expressed their disappointment that the Liberal government will force livestock transporters to once again comply with a decades-old border regulation which threatens the health of Canada’s swine herd.
It is the Minister of Agriculture’s job to stand up for Canadian farmers, and to work with pork producers towards a solution, but instead he has turned his back on producers.
This is just another example that this Liberal government is out of touch with Canadian farm families. I will continue to stand up for Westman’s interests and be a strong voice for our region.