Mr. Chair, I would like to remind the committee that Mr. Bellavance's motion has been tabled, which means that it is on the side. It is not in play right now. It was tabled one or two meetings ago and is basically out of play, unless the opposition votes to bring it back into play. I am surprised that Mr. Bellavance is trying to bring it back into play, Mr. Chair.
On the Conservative end, I can say that we are disappointed because we would like to carry on our work with the report. We have been studying the issue of the competitiveness of the agricultural industry for a year now. We have heard from many witnesses, and we now have a report. We are trying to finalize that report.
I have to point out that while reviewing our report, opposition members moved not one, not two, not three, but five motions. In our view, the opposition members are slowing down the process, because each motion has to be debated, and that slows down our work. I would remind you that the agricultural industry is expecting our report. Initially, we wanted to have it finalized by Christmas, which is nearly impossible. We have a meeting today and another Thursday, and we are still discussing motions.
The opposition's answer is always to ask for an immediate vote on the motion and to then carry on with the report. They said that two meetings ago, and right afterwards, they moved other motions. So there are constant motions.
There's no end to this, and it is slowing down the work of the committee. None of these motions has to do with the competitiveness report, Chair, and I think this is the concern.
We've had witnesses come in front of the committee. If this is in the report, then let us discuss this in the report. If Mr. Bellavance is objecting and saying this is in the report, then leave it in the report and let's review the report, Chair. Until the point that we get there... When the committee tables its report in the House of Commons, it will carry more impact than tabling a motion that parallels what's in the report. We should be putting aside these motions so that we can complete our work on the report.
I think this is important.
Mr. Chair, during the last meeting, I spoke at length with my colleagues in the Liberal Party and the NDP. Unfortunately, Mr. Bellavance was not here, and I did not get the opportunity to speak to Ms. Bonsant.