Pork Producers Applaud Canadian Members of Parliament on Historic Debate, and Recognition of Need for Immediate Action

    OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Pork Council extends its
congratulations to Members of Parliament for their unprecedented debate on
challenges facing the Canadian livestock industry.
    An emergency debate, requested by André Bellavance (Richmond-Arthabaska,
BQ), on the economic crisis in the livestock industry, lasting more than five
hours and finishing at midnight, demonstrated that MPs are well-informed of
the liquidity issues and extreme difficulties hog producers currently face in
keeping their farms operating. (Transcript available at:
    "We greatly appreciate the informed discussion, as well as the passion,
exhibited by so many of our elected officials, from all parties in the House
of Commons, for our members' plight" said Clare Schlegel, President of the
Canadian Pork Council. "Many of them truly grasp the severity of the cash flow
crisis facing so many of Canada's excellent young family farmers and their
families, and identified time and time again last night the urgent need for
the federal government to act promptly on the industry's recommendations to
address the current crisis."
    "However, what is most important to us is the call for action:" added
Mr. Schlegel, "we have talked enough and talking doesn't save farms or
    The appreciation of the Canadian dollar, a steep run-up in feed costs,
and finally, a downturn in the world pork market, have combined to create
extreme losses for pork farmers.
    In addition to relief from cost recovery fees and increased support for
export market development, the CPC has requested from the federal government
repayable loans as a means of tiding producers over until prices have
improved, as predicted.
    "In addition to M. Bellavance, the CPC wishes to recognize the particular
contributions to the discussion by the Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.),
James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake, CPC) and Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia
Southern Interior)", said Mr. Schlegel, who farms in Shakespeare, Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Clare Schlegel, President, (519) 580-6761;
Martin Rice, CPC Office, (613) 236-9239; Jurgen Preugschas, First
Vice-President, (780) 204-2500; Jean-Guy Vincent, Second Vice-President, (450)
679-0540 poste 8422

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