BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko reacted today to the House of Commons Committee hearing on Bill S-11, The Safe Food for Canada Act. According to the long-time Agriculture Committee member, there was absolutely no willingness on the part of the Conservative majority to consider any of the Opposition amendments.
“I find this totally reprehensible”, stated the former NDP Agriculture critic. “Both Opposition parties told the Conservatives we support the bill especially in light of the recent crisis at XL Foods. We offered very positive amendments to strengthen the bill – all were rejected.”
The NDP prepared 11 amendments including provisions for whistleblower protection, an independent audit and an exemption in regard to domestic regulations for foods processed strictly for export.
“The experience with S-11 put the current state of affairs in Parliament in perspective,” concluded Atamanenko. “I am convinced now more than ever, that the Conservatives have absolutely no interest in making Parliament work in a spirit of cooperation. This is a black day for democracy!”