Hon. Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, Lib.):
CFIA’s job is to keep bacteria like E.coli out of our food. Once bacteria has entered the food chain, it is clearly a public health issue.
Canadians are worried and our public health agency legislation is very clear.
When Canadians are worried, the government must provide a trusted public health voice to speak to them directly.
Will the Minister of Health finally do her job, stop muzzling the Public Health Agency of Canada and allow it to speak directly to Canadians about the safety of their food?
Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, CPC):
The Public Health Agency has been working with the provinces and territories from the very beginning of this process. They continue to do so–
Mr. Speaker, on a daily basis, the Public Health Agency has been dealing with the public as well as the provinces and the territories in providing support on this matter.