Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Agriculture and Forestry

Issue No. 61 - Minutes of Proceedings - Meeting of February 21, 2019


OTTAWA, Thursday, February 21, 2019
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[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met this day at 8:04 a.m., in room W110, 1 Wellington St., the chair, the Honourable Diane F. Griffin, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Black (Ontario), Dagenais, Doyle, Gagné, Griffin, Mercer and Miville-Dechêne (7).

In attendance: Offah Obale, Analyst, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament, and Síofra McAllister, Communications Officer, Senate Communications Directorate.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, February15, 2018, the committee continued its study on how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 47.)

WITNESS:

Canadian Federation of Agriculture:

Ron Bonnett, President.

The chair made a statement.

Mr.Bonnett made a statement and answered questions.

At 8:59 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 9:08 a.m., the committee resumed.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, March1, 2018, the committee continued its study on issues relating to agriculture and forestry generally. (For complete text of the order of reference, see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 47.) Topic: Support and compensation for supply managed agricultural sectors in relation to the USMCA, CPTPP and CETA Trade Agreements

WITNESSES:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:

Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch;

Frédéric Seppey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services Branch.

Global Affairs Canada:

Doug Forsyth, Director General, Market Access.

Mr.Seppey and Mr.Rosser made statements and, together with Mr.Forsyth, answered questions.

At 10:02 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:05 a.m., pursuant to rule 12-16(1)(d), the committee considered a draft agenda (future business).

At 10:16 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.

ATTEST:

Kevin Pittman
Acting Clerk of the Committee