Mr. Chair, I will be sharing my time with Mr. Louis.
Madam Minister, thank you very much for being here today.
Thank you for the $252 million in assistance announced last week. I am already hearing positive feedback on the ground. This announcement is certainly timely, given current and projected needs in the agricultural sector.
The poultry industry is of great concern to me because my constituency is home to one of Quebec's largest farms. Some growers have told me they have to euthanize chicks. Given the higher price of grain and a slowdown in the processing sector, obviously our growers are going through difficult times.
How well will this first-ever Canadian program to buy unsold surplus food be put into operation, especially for poultry?