House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 039 (31 January 2014) at 2422.
Mr. Speaker, last September, Health Canada published a document entitled “Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides”.
This document clearly shows that these pesticides negatively affect bees. An increasing number of studies, such as the one by Health Canada, show that there are clear links between neonicotinoids and the declining bee population.
Why are the Conservatives not taking real action to stop the decline in Canada’s bee population?
Mr. Speaker, when concerns were identified with this pesticide, our department took immediate steps to re-evaluate the information and to work with our international partners. Based on the best science that is currently available, we have brought in new rules and regulations for the 2014 growing season. We are taking this issue very seriously.
Mr. Speaker, people are concerned that the current government is not doing enough to protect our pollinators and that we need a rigorous series of risk-based assessments and scientific study, not just gambling with the livelihoods of farmers. Other jurisdictions are taking clear and decisive action to protect bee populations.
Why are the Conservatives risking the livelihoods of farmers, and why are they not taking this issue seriously?
Mr. Speaker, as I just indicated, we are working with our international partners and we have brought in new rules and regulations for the 2014 growing season.
Just to reassure the members opposite, though, over 200 types of scientific studies must be submitted before a pesticide is approved in our nation.