Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for being here today, Minister, and thank you to Chris and Christine as well.
Minister, we've seen reports going on right now of items and bare essentials coming off of grocery store shelves. With COVID-19 being so prevalent right now, people are panicking about certain things.
Do you have a plan in place to ensure that our grocery store shelves can be kept full of fresh fruits and vegetables? Grocery stores are an essential service. We have places like the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, which provides about 95% of the fresh produce to the independent supermarkets in Ontario as well as the food distribution companies around the province. A place like that employs over 2,000 people on a daily basis. Private stores also have distribution centres that have many employees in the same space at the same time. We've seen events being cancelled in different places with many people there.
Does the government have a plan to make sure that we don't create a panic and that the grocery store shelves are not empty during this COVID-19 virus?