I call the meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 11 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
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We are now ready to begin. I want to welcome our witnesses, especially the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino.
Welcome, Minister. We are very glad that you are taking the time to appear before our committee.
Mr. Minister, without further ado, we'll give you seven minutes to give us an opening statement on whatever the topic is. Today we're interested in temporary foreign workers, but also human resources on farms in general.
Go ahead, Mr. Minister. The floor is yours for seven minutes. Thank you.