Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry

Issue 12 - Minutes of Proceedings - February 28, 2012

OTTAWA, Tuesday, February 28, 2012


The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met this day at 6:10 p.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Percy Mockler, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Buth, Chaput, Duffy, Eaton, Mahovlich, Maltais, Mercer, Mockler, Plett, Robichaud, P.C., and Smith (Saurel) (11).

In attendance: Khamla Heminthavong, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Library of Parliament.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, June 16, 2011, the committee continued its consideration of research and innovation efforts in the agricultural sector. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)


Fédération de la relève agricole du Québec:

Frédéric Marcoux, President.

Canadian Young Farmers' Forum:

Justin Beck, Past Chair.

West End Food Co-op:

Lynn Bishop, Co-op Coordinator.

Canadian Co-operative Association:

Lynne Markell, Government Affairs and Public Policy Advisor.

Mr. Marcoux, Mr. Beck, Ms. Markell and Ms. Bishop each made opening statements and answered questions.

At 7:50 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Kevin Pittman

Clerk of the Committee