Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry
Issue 7 - Minutes of Proceedings - December 6, 2011
OTTAWA, Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met this day at
2:03 p.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Percy
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Duffy,
Eaton, Fairbairn, P.C., Mahovlich, Mercer, Mockler, Ogilvie, Peterson,
Plett, Rivard, Robichaud, P.C., Stratton and Tkachuk (13).
In attendance: Sarah Jane Fraser, Analyst, Parliamentary
Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament; and Mona Ishack,
Communications Officer, Communications Directorate.
Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.
Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday,
December 1, 2011, the committee began its consideration of Bill C-18. An Act
to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board and to make consequential and related
amendments to certain Acts.
The Honourable Gerry Ritz, P.C., M.P., Minister of Agriculture and
Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:
John Knubley, Deputy Minister;
Greg Meredith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch;
Grain Growers of Canada:
Richard Phillips, Executive Director.
Gordon Bacon, Chief Executive Officer.
Canadian Grain Commission:
Murdoch MacKay, Commissioner.
The minister made an opening statement and, together with Mr.Knubley,
At 3:08 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 3:13 p.m., the committee resumed.
Mr. Knubley made an opening statement and, together with Mr. Meredith,
At 4:06 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 4:13 p.m., the committee resumed.
Mr. Knubley made an opening statement and, together with Mr. Phillips,
Mr. Bacon, Mr. MacKay and Mr. Meredith, answered questions.
At 5:11 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 5:18 p.m., the committee resumed.
Messrs. Chatenay and Turcato each made an opening statement and,
together, answered questions.
At 5:48 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Clerk of the Committee