Thank you, Mr. Chair. I won't go over a lot of the stuff that I did last time.
I talked to my colleagues, and one of the things that came up during the discussion is that it seemed pretty open and maybe too broad, and was there an opportunity to maybe streamline and focus it, Mr. Chairman, just a little more? The other part of the question was, what sort of timeline, in terms of the description of the motion, were you looking at? I'll leave that to some open discussion, but if we were to have six or seven weeks of discussion on that study, that would give us a full venue to bring in appropriate witnesses. I'm open to discussion around the time and the number of meetings. I think it's one we could start, with a goal of six or seven weeks. At the end of it, you would have it wrapped up and then we could have a report on it, Mr. Chairman.
The motion does say that the standing committee focus on the study of the future of farming with a particular focus on young farmers. Maybe to help in terms of some of the discussion that came out in the last meeting, I could propose some sort of friendly amendment that may help bring it around a little bit. And I would propose this as a friendly amendment, Mr. Chair:
That the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada study government and industry initiatives around the future of farming, primarily focusing on young farmers and their involvement in agriculture.
I leave that for comments and discussion, Mr. Chair.