Brandon East NDP MLA Drew Caldwell, right, was one of Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire’s invited guests to his swearing in and first day in the House of Commons on Monday. (SUBMITTED)
After being officially sworn in on Monday afternoon, the new Conservative MP for BrandonSouris, Larry Maguire, got an opportunity to stand during question period and speak on the floor of the House of Commons for the first time.
Here’s his transcript:
"Thank you Mr. Speaker, I am happy to be here today. It is an honour to represent the people of Brandon-Souris, who last fall once again voted for trusted leadership and strong economic management.
"Since being elected, I have been meeting with constituents who all understand that one of the main industries driving our local economy is agriculture.
"For some time, pork and cattle producers in southwestern Manitoba have been calling for a timely and responsive program to help protect themselves when commodity prices go down.
"Can the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Agriculture please tell the House about the recent launch of the Livestock Price Insurance Program?"
Launched last week, the insurance program is a four-year pilot project that builds on a program introduced in Alberta in 2009.
A partnership between the federal government and the western provinces, the program will allow livestock producers to ensure a price for their animals by buying insurance — protecting them against unexpected price drops.
British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have signed on to the program.
Manitoba is expected to announce its involvement as soon as provincial byelections — including one in ArthurVirden to replace Maguire himself — are concluded.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 28, 2014