NPD Forces Liberals to Act on Bovine Tuberculosis Crisis
November 23rd, 2016 - 12:31pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2016
NDP FORCES LIBERALS TO ACT ON BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS CRISIS
OTTAWA –NDP Agriculture Critic, Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) brought up the issue of bovine tuberculosis in the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
“In committee, we heard alarming testimony from beef producers whose herds are under quarantine and are losing thousands of dollars a day,” said Brosseau. “It’s outrageous that the Liberals aren’t stepping in with financial help. It also appears that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency delayed launching its emergency measures. This issue raises questions about our capacity as a country to deal with this type of crisis,” said Brosseau.
The issue began in September when the American authorities detected a case of bovine tuberculosis in a cow from Alberta. “The minister must step in and help producers whose herds are under quarantine. The minister must show more leadership to protect and reassure our producers,” said Brosseau.
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