Evidence of meeting #17 for Agriculture and Agri-Food in the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was meetings.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

Markus Haerle  Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario
Mark Brock  Co-chair, National Program Advisory Committee, Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Benoit Legault  Chief Executive Officer, Producteurs de grains du Québec
Todd Lewis  President, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan
Alan Ker  Ontario Agricultural College Research Chair in Agricultural Risk and Policy, Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and Managing, As an Individual
Corentin Bialais  Committee Researcher
Clerk of the Committee  Mr. Marc-Olivier Girard

4 p.m.

Liberal

Neil Ellis Liberal Bay of Quinte, ON

I was just going to suggest, since it's around four o'clock now, that this go back to the subcommittee and you guys discuss it, because I think we're going to be closer to 4:30 on this if everybody's not happy with what the subcommittee has come up with. I support the subcommittee and their decision.

4 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

It's very urgent that we get our spot in the lineup for the summer meetings, and I'd really like to have a decision today whether it's—

4 p.m.

Liberal

Neil Ellis Liberal Bay of Quinte, ON

Mr. Chair, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it part of the subcommittee's job to come up with a consensus and come back to us? I'm just not sure why this meeting is going all over now.

4 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Yes, the meeting was approved at the subcommittee, and we just moved that. It's just the details on the calendar.

4 p.m.

Liberal

Neil Ellis Liberal Bay of Quinte, ON

Do we have all members on the...? What members, all parties...on the subcommittee?

4 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

The subcommittee is Francis,Mr. Barlow, Monsieur Perron and Monsieur MacGregor. That's the subcommittee we had meeting the other day.

4 p.m.

Liberal

Neil Ellis Liberal Bay of Quinte, ON

Did the subcommittee vote on this?

June 12th, 2020 / 4 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Well, not specifically the calendar dates. They left it up to me to come up with a schedule. We spoke with the different whips and that's the most accommodating one we could come up with. I'm bringing it up to you now. If the committee is not happy with it or wants to make some changes, we'll open it up, but I'd like to have some calendar to propose for the logistics to happen.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

Neil Ellis Liberal Bay of Quinte, ON

I favour the calendar you made. I'll support that.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Are there any other comments?

4:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Perron Bloc Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

I will try to keep it simple. I propose to remove the August 5 meeting.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

August 5, hang on there....

4:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Perron Bloc Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

As Mr. Lehoux and I said, we won't need four meetings to finish the report. The report must be tabled in September. If we remove the August 5 meeting, that would at least extend the summer break. We will see each other on July 10 and on September 2, and that will surely suffice to resolve this.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

So the meetings would be postponed by one....

4:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Perron Bloc Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

We would resume our work on August 19, as proposed.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Okay. We would cancel the August 5 meeting and hold one on August 19.

4:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Perron Bloc Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

We could add a meeting as needed. I think that my proposal can reach consensus.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Does everyone agree with cancelling the August 5 meeting?

Does that work?

Mr. Lehoux, do you have a comment?

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Richard Lehoux Conservative Beauce, QC

Mr. Chair, I don't really agree with cancelling meetings. We are already struggling to schedule them. I maintain that we should keep our meetings. I understand Mr. Perron's concerns about all the staff, but the staff seems to agree with those dates. We will be able to find the necessary personnel to support us in our meetings, and I am grateful to them for that. I would, however, like the committee to keep as many meetings as possible, as we have numerous important issues to discuss.

4:05 p.m.

Bloc

Yves Perron Bloc Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

I just want to remind Mr. Lehoux that I am proposing to resume normal business in September, before the House resumes sitting. We would meet twice a week. Finally, I propose to add three or four meetings. So I think that we are on the same wavelength concerning the number of meetings.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Richard Lehoux Conservative Beauce, QC

If this option works for everyone, I have no issue with it. I just wanted to ensure that no meetings would be cancelled. What I am trying to avoid is us being told in September that we cannot have two meetings per week because of a lack of time.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

It is certain that cancelling one meeting brings us closer to the end. We have to determine how many meetings will be necessary to adopt the report.

Two options seem to be available: either us keeping the schedule in its current form, or us cancelling the August 5 meeting and postponing meetings until September.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Ms. Rood, go ahead.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Lianne Rood Conservative Lambton—Kent—Middlesex, ON

I'd like to suggest that we continue with the schedule we have. We know we have a few sittings of the House in the summer, and if we can finish this report earlier, I think the departmental officials would probably appreciate having it tabled sooner rather than later. We are completing this study right now so that the minister and officials will have time to review it before their FPT meetings in the fall. I think if we can sit now and as close to the early part of the summer as possible to get this done, if we complete it, we don't have to sit later and we can get this report in. I also understand that there might be an availability to sit potentially in the last week of June. Maybe if we can sit that week, we can get through this report and get it off to the analysts to finish it. I think it would be important to finish this sooner rather than later, and I don't think we should delay any of the sittings.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

The Chair Liberal Pat Finnigan

Thank you, Ms. Rood.

Mr. Soroka, I think you have your hand raised.