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Brosseau (NDP) questions agricultural and agri-food budget cuts

Posted In:  Agriculture,  Budget
April 22, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 198 (22 April 2015) at 12863.



  • Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance himself admits that this budget will burden future generations. It is truly incredible.

    The budget is just another fine example of the Conservatives’ lack of understanding of the agriculture and agri-food sector. A 25% budget cut for the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food over the next few years means sacrificing services for producers and the agriculture sector.

    Why does the minister not support producers or the growth of the agri-food sector?

    Ms. Ruth Ellen Brosseau

    Berthier—Maskinongé, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, the agri-food sector, farmers, small business owners and Canada’s middle class, everyone benefits from this budget because we are lowering their taxes. It is simple. What the NDP wants to do is clear: it wants to spend money that we do not have and give it to public servants who will create inefficient programs.

    We are giving money to business owners and Canadians. We are helping them create wealth and that is why with us the future is stable and with the opposition it is unstable.

     

    Hon. Maxime Bernier

    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), CPC

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