Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry

Issue 12 - Minutes of Proceedings - Meeting of May 14, 2014


OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met this day at 1:09 p.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Percy Mockler, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Beyak, Dagenais, Maltais, Mercer, Mockler, Ogilvie, Oh, Plett, Poirier, Robichaud, P.C., and Tardif (11).

In attendance: Aïcha Coulibaly, 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 Tuesday, May 14, 2014, the committee continued its consideration of Bill C-30, An Act to amend the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Transportation Act and to provide for other measures.

WITNESSES:

Inland Terminal Association of Canada:

Perry Pellerin, Manager, GNP Source LTD.

Quorum Corporation:

Mark Hemmes, President (by video conference);

Bruce McFadden, Director, Research and Analysis (by video conference).

Battle River Railroad:

Ken Eshpeter, Chairman and CEO (by video conference).

OmniTRAX:

Merv Tweed, President.

Canadian National:

Claude Mongeau, President and CEO.

Canadian Pacific:

Robert Taylor, Assistant Vice President, North America Advocacy.

Canadian Canola Growers Association:

Rick White, Chief Executive Officer (by video conference).

Grain Growers of Canada:

Art Enns, Executive Member.

Mr. Pellerin and Mr. Hemmes each made opening statements and, together with Mr. McFadden, answered questions.

At 2:22 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 2:27 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Tweed and Mr. Eshpeter each made opening statements and, together, answered questions.

At 3:10 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 3:15 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Mongeau and Mr. Taylor each made opening statements and, together, answered questions.

At 4:16 p.m., the Honourable Senator Poirier replaced the Honourable Senator Beyak as a member of the committee.

At 4:20 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 4:27 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. White and Mr. Enns each made opening statements and, together, answered questions.

At 5:08 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

C

Kevin Pittman

Clerk of the Committee