Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank our witnesses for being here today for this important study on public trust.
I would like to hear you talk about research and innovation. As we know, research and innovation are very important to Canada's economic growth. They are also essential pillars to strengthen public trust in our Canadian agricultural sector. To this end, Canada ranks seventh in the world in terms of public finance investment in research, development and innovation.
Mr. McLinton, I would like to hear from you about the different initiatives in Canada and the different programs, such as the super clusters or the Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation strategy.
How do you find that these research and innovation initiatives improve access to quality products and food security? You mentioned it earlier.
It is about producing quality products, but also at affordable prices, because it is also an important element, especially in your industries.
So, I'll start with you, then move on to Mr. Hazlewood and Ms. Sharratt.