Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry

Issue 15 - Minutes of Proceedings - Meeting of September 23, 2014

OTTAWA, Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met this day at 5:05 p.m., in room 2, Victoria Building, the chair, the Honourable Percy Mockler, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Beyak, Dagenais, Enverga, Maltais, Merchant, Mockler, Ogilvie, Rivard, Robichaud, P.C., and Unger (10).

In attendance: Aïcha Coulibaly and Jed Chong, Analysts, 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, November 21, 2013, the committee continued its consideration of the importance of bees and bee health in the production of honey, food and seed in Canada. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 1.)


Government of British Columbia:

Paul van Westendorp, Provincial Apiary Specialist (by video conference).

Government of Manitoba:

Rhéal Lafrenière, Provincial Apiarist (by video conference).

Government of Saskatchewan:

Janice Tranberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture.

At 5:07 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 5:22 p.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. van Westendorp, Mr. Lafrenière and Ms. Tranberg each made opening statements and, together, answered questions.

At 6:14 p.m., the committee suspended.

At 6:15 p.m., the committee resumed.

The witnesses answered questions.

At 6:43 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Kevin Pittman

Clerk of the Committee