Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I thank the three witnesses for their presentations, which were very clear. Instead of putting questions to them separately, I would ask them to speak up if they disagree with the following statement.
Mr. Legault, Mr. Lewis and Mr. Ker, my understanding is that the income stabilization programs must be completely overhauled, but that the first step would consist in bringing the AgriStability threshold to 85% and removing the reference margin limit. That is an easy thing to do and it is urgent.
Is that correct?
As no one is saying anything, it means that it is. Wonderful!
I would now like to address Mr. Legault.
Mr. Legault, I really liked your summary presentation on the history of programs, where you explained that we went from an income stabilization logic to a disaster protection logic. However, as Mr. Lewis rightly pointed out, when it comes to disaster protection, cheques sometimes arrive after the bankruptcy. I am putting this question to Mr. Legault first. Mr. Lewis could then complete Mr. Legault's answer.
Have you already thought about a support system that would be more upstream and could take inspiration from what is happening in Europe? Have people from your sector talked about this already?