September 11, 2008 15:18 ET

New Democrat MP Demands Harper Restore Food Safety Programs

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2008) - New Democrat MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North) demanded answers today from Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper about cuts to the Canadian Horticultural Council.

"I received a letter from the Canadian Horticultural Council which expresses great concern a massive funding cut - an outrageous 40%. This money is for the development and implementation of on-farm food safety programs for Canada's horticultural industry" said Wasylycia-Leis, Jack Layton's Parliamentary Caucus chair.

The Canadian Horticultural Council has received notifications from officials that the government believe they may be able to find alternative funding, but Wasylycia-Leis says that isn't nearly good enough.

"It's not good enough," said Wasylycia-Leis. "At a time when food safety is on the front of people's minds because of the listeriosis outbreak, it is imperative that the important work of the council receive the full support of the Canadian government. I am calling on Mr. Harper today to live up to his government's commitment, and restore full funding to the Canadian Horticultural Council."

Canadian Horticultural Council represents over 20,000 producers.

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