Bill C-474 would require an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically modified seed.



Hearings on Bill C-474, the proposed legislation dealing with the introduction of genetically modified seed, have been shut down.

A motion by the three opposition parties to extend debate by 30 days was defeated when a large number of Liberal and NDP members missed the vote late Wednesday.

Expecting hearings to continue, representatives from a number of farm groups including the Grain Growers of Canada and the Canadian Wheat Board had flown in to Ottawa to speak to the committee  Thursday morning. They were told they could go home without presenting.

The Bill now returns to the House for a final vote.

It's expected it will be defeated as the Liberals have said they will not support the bill.

~ Friday, October 29, 2010 ~