Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 05, 2007 14:55 ET

AAFC: Secretary of State Paradis Defends the Interests of Hatching Egg Producers

Statement by the Secretary of State

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - April 5, 2007) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture, today made the following statement after his address to Quebec hatching egg producers at their annual general meeting in Trois-Rivieres.

"Quebec hatching egg producers play a very important role in the Quebec and Canadian economies.

"You have completed a large part of the work in the crucial area of traceability. I recognize the excellent job that Quebec, and Agri-Tracabilite Quebec in particular, have done to help develop a national agriculture and agri-food sector traceability system for the four priority species - poultry, cattle, hogs and sheep.

"In Budget 2007, the new government added $1 billion in new investments across Canada, a significant amount which will allow us to improve national farm income programs. Since taking office, we have demonstrated our commitment in a tangible way: in excess of $4.5 billion more for producers in Quebec and across Canada.

"To make intergenerational transfer easier, we are also increasing the lifetime capital gains exemption from $500,000 to $750,000. This will have a direct impact on transfer prices, and farmers as well as small businesses in Quebec will save approximately $12.6 million.

"Canada's New Government is ready and willing to work with you and with the entire Canadian poultry sector to meet future challenges and seize future opportunities."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Office for the Secretary of State
    Mark Quinlan
    Director of Communications