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This report responds to a request of March 8, 2004 from The Hon. Shirley McClellan, MLA, Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development that I answer
questions raised whether the public dollars used to support the people in Alberta’s beef industry helped to achieve the intended goals of the assistance programs.

This report contains a number of recommendations designed to help AFRD improve its management of the issues related to BSE. AFRD’s responses to these recommendations are also included in this report.


Generally, the goals of the BSE financial aid programs were to stabilize the markets and provide assistance to industry during transition and adjustment to a new market environment. We have concluded that the program goals were met.