Evidence of meeting #3 for Bill C-18 (41st Parliament, 1st Session) in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was farmers.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Allen Oberg  Chair, Canadian Wheat Board
  • Ian McCreary  Former Director and Farmer, Canadian Wheat Board
  • Kenneth A. Rosaasen  Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  • Stewart Wells  Director, District 3, Canadian Wheat Board
  • Henry Vos  Former Director, Canadian Wheat Board
  • Ron Bonnett  President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
  • Jeff Nielsen  Former Director, Canadian Wheat Board
  • John Knubley  Deputy Minister, Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Greg Meredith  Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch, Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food

8:05 p.m.

Liberal

Frank Valeriote Guelph, ON

Mr. Chair, I'm inviting you to interject.

8:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Blaine Calkins

I'll hear you, Mr. Valeriote.

8:05 p.m.

Liberal

Frank Valeriote Guelph, ON

That is absolutely inappropriate. The only questions I have asked have been on the technical value and on the admissibility of evidence. I have asked no questions intended to intimidate either Mr. Vos or Mr. Nielsen.

8:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Blaine Calkins

I appreciate the interventions from both of you. I think these are points of debate, not points of order.

I encourage you to keep decorum at the committee. I encourage all parties at the table to keep the decorum of the committee respectable. Every member of the committee has now had an opportunity to review this document.

Mr. Dreeshen, your time is resuming now.

8:05 p.m.

Conservative

Earl Dreeshen Red Deer, AB

Thank you.

I was going to talk about the well-being of the corporation, in particular, the people who care about the corporation and what farmers can do.

I guess with the last 30 seconds, I'd like to have you comment then on what is in that second paragraph, where your public comments are discussed.

8:05 p.m.

Former Director, Canadian Wheat Board

Henry Vos

The letter is a reply I got from the chairman of the board on his receipt of my resignation letter. The second paragraph, I guess, in a way summarizes the attitude that if it's not in agreement with the organization, then you're going to find yourself in hot water.

That kind of influence over a board of directors, in my view—and I've said this before—made it dysfunctional.

8:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Blaine Calkins

Mr. Dreeshen, your time has expired.

Mr. Rousseau, you have five minutes.

8:05 p.m.

Liberal

Frank Valeriote Guelph, ON

Mr. Chair, I have a point of order again.

8:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Blaine Calkins

Mr. Valeriote on a point of order.

8:05 p.m.

Liberal

Frank Valeriote Guelph, ON

This is a point of order, and I waited until Mr. Vos had finished his statement so that Mr. Storseth would not regard my intervention as an act of intimidation.

I'd like to point out to the public who are listening that Mr. Vos has not accurately relayed what is in that second paragraph. What is in that second paragraph is a reminder of his fiduciary duty to the corporation, and nothing more.

8:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Blaine Calkins

Mr. Valeriote, this is a point of debate.

8:10 p.m.

Liberal

Frank Valeriote Guelph, ON

It is a point of order, Mr. Chair.

8:10 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Blaine Calkins

You're debating the issues and the merits of the discussion going on around the table. I appreciate your intervention.

This document has been circulated to the committee and is for the committee to discuss and debate at this point in time. This time does not belong to you right now, but to Mr. Rousseau for five minutes.

Please go ahead, sir.

November 2nd, 2011 / 8:10 p.m.

NDP

Jean Rousseau Compton—Stanstead, QC

My question is for Mr. Bonnett.

You touched on several issues that are of concern to your members, in particular issues involving transport, access to facilities, and financial stress, issues which the board now deals with; you also mentioned other responsibilities that are going to fall onto the backs of farmers now. I think I am not wrong in saying that farmers everywhere in the country do not want and do not need additional responsibilities.

Do you think that the coming into force of Bill C-18 will complicate our farmers' lives?

8:10 p.m.

President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Ron Bonnett

I think one of the things that isn't completely clear is what the implementation plan is.

I think that's for discussion in the legislation. There has been discussion about changing the role of the board. I think that goes back to the key point I was making about engaging people in the discussion in order to have a really good understanding of what the implementation of this would be as it moves forward.