Gerry Ritz gets his day in the House

Glen McGregor reports that between 2003 and 2008, American authorities repeatedly found problems at XL Foods. The plant will now apparently be sold to a Brazilian company. Meanwhile, the House will spend the day debating the following motion.

That, in light of the current contaminated meat scandal at XL Foods; and considering that the Minister of Agriculture has not learned the lesson from the 2008 listeriosis scandal that cost twenty-two Canadians their lives; this House call on the government to restore Canadians’ confidence in Canada’s food safety system by: (a) removing the current minister from office and assigning the food safety portfolio to a minister who can restore public trust; (b) reversing budget cuts and halting the de-regulation of Canada’s food safety system; (c) directing the Auditor General to conduct an immediate assessment of food safety procedures and resources and report his findings to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.