Mr. Speaker, I have presented these petitions many times before, so I am pleased to rise today to present about a hundred pages of petitions collected by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. I would like to thank the organization for the tremendous work it has done across the country, including its volunteers.
Today we have petitions from Vancouver, Prince George, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Peace River, Toronto, and Burnaby, just a whole variety of communities, from people who point out to us that every year hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are brutally slaughtered for their fur in a number of Asian regions. The petitioners point out that Canada should join the USA, Australia, and the European Union in banning the import and sale of dog and cat fur. They call upon the government to introduce and support legislation, specifically a private member's bill that is before the House, to ensure proper labelling and a ban.
Again, I would like to thank the organization for the tremendous work it does in bringing this to our attention.
I hope I will be presenting more petitions on this in the future, as I am sure other members will, because it is an issue that we need to be aware of and that people in the community are very concerned about animal welfare and want us to take action.
Mr. Speaker, finally we have a great question. It is from the member for Prince George—Peace River.
I give the minister a lot of credit in this area, and both ministers, in fact. They are actually looking forward to saying what we need to learn from this scenario, from the past, and how we ensure it does not happen again.
The $3 million, for example, that is being spent, the $1.5 million from the federal government and the $1.5 million from the industry players that are participating, is for looking exactly at those issues to identify what the bottlenecks are and what the solutions are to those bottlenecks.
The other thing that also has to happen is that CN and CP have to recognize the growth that is happening in western Canada, and they have to pick it up. They have to step up and meet the challenge. That is something that these sectors will identify and bring forward to both CN and CP and back to the government.
The electoral district of Peace River (Alberta) has a population of 138,009 with 96,378 registered voters and 272 polling divisions.
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