IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period - on BSE/Mad Cow Disease Crisis

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, it is about time the government did something for B.C. It has been 13 years.

There is mounting evidence and concern that the United States has been hiding its cases of mad cow while keeping its border closed to Canadian beef. These concerns have been raised by the U.S. department of agriculture inspectors themselves.

Since we are importing American beef into our country and its safety is in question, will the minister close our borders to American beef, launch an investigation and stand up for Canada and the safety of Canadian food?