Update on Bill C-474: Hearings to continue in the Fall, New action
option coming later this week.
June 14, 2010
The House of Commons Agriculture Committee hearings on Bill C-474 got
off to a shaky start as the first hearing on June 2nd was interrupted
by votes in the House and there was only one other hearing, on June
7th. Hearings may now be suspended until the Fall, to be followed by a
final vote (possibly in October).
On June 2, Bill sponsor NDP Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko
testified as well as industry associations. On June 7, alfalfa
producers testified in strong support of Bill C-474. The transcript
from June 7 is not yet available.
** CBAN will send a report and action alert this week to pick up from
the important June 7th testimony from alfalfa producers – but we need
the official transcript in order to quote the farmer organizations.
** CBAN will also produce more information and arguments you can use
to rebut industry arguments against Bill C-474. The industry lobby is
strong and well-financed but their arguments are really weak.
** The petition is online and signatures can be collected through the
summer. There is also an updated action flyer at http://www.cban.ca/474
The House of Commons may break soon (perhaps this week) for the
Summer, resuming in mid-September. The hearings on Bill C-474 will
continue in the Fall, followed by a final vote.
The Agriculture Committee is obliged to hold hearings on Bill C-474
within a specified time frame so we can expect hearings in late
September or through October. There could be many hearings because a
lot of groups have requested to testify. When the hearings are over a
final vote will be called – and your action will be needed!
So please stay tuned for updates and actions this week. We will ask
you to continue your pressure on MPs and the education in your
community through the summer. In the Fall, we will all need to take
strong action to try to press all MPs (particularly the Liberal Party
which has not taken a stand on the Bill yet) to vote for Bill C-474.
The Bill is being widely discussed in the farm community and is
forcing the biotech industry to defend its position. The Bill is also
providing a great opportunity for communication with all MPs on the
issue of genetic engineering.
Thank you for your action and support on this important step, Best
regards, Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext.6
Fax: 613 241 2506