Thank you for the opportunity.
Your earlier question was about the compensation package offered to supply management. I will immediately defer your question. The reason I'm going to do that is that I sit here representing the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and not supply management directly. I think they would best answer on the exact level of compensation they would see as adequate to meet their needs and where the pressure is coming. It's not something I can address directly.
The answers to the last sets of questions here have been great on a theoretical basis, but there's also reality. Here I'm going to mention something that I'm pretty certain isn't in the TPP.
I started this morning at a meeting of some of our members at Woodstock, Ontario. There's an individual there who works in the world of pheasants. When the Canadian Food Inspection Agency came out to that operation, essentially the CFIA went back home rewriting the book. This is how stupid the situation is right now.
This individual can take pheasants across the border into the U.S. alive, have them processed in the U.S., and brought back into Canada, but cannot have them processed in Ontario and moved out of the province because there is not the appropriate federally inspected plant to do it. She can take the same pheasants to Pearson airport and fly them to B.C. alive, but can't process them.
By the same token, we are woefully inadequate in ensuring that all our farmers have access to the same tools at the same time, a thing called regulatory co-operative. The RCC was initiated, but we're still waiting to see gains on that for farmers.
Within Canada you have a risk cup, a risk cup that is there to protect Canadian consumers from where they go. We're about the only country that I know of that allows other countries to fill the cup first before Canadian producers get to fill it. In other words, if I need access to a tool to protect my soybean crop, I only [Inaudible--Editor] soybeans into the export markets from Ontario. I can't necessarily use it, because Japan said so or whatever else because they already know what's gone in in another way.
We have pretty well been boy scouts on a number of these issues, and the CFIA is woefully inadequate in certain aspects of how it's operating right now. There needs to be some clearing house here to make sure that we have the appropriate tools and support to move ahead.
Theoretically, I agree with my colleagues. In reality, I'm hearing back from producers, “Why can't I do this?” The reason is that there's no federal abattoir, for example, in the Maritimes.