I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 65 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food.
I'll start with just a few reminders.
Of course, we're meeting in hybrid format. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. The webcast shows only those who are speaking. Taking screenshots or photos of your screen is not permitted.
Mr. MacDonald from Prince Edward Island is subbing in for Mr. Ryan Turnbull. It's great to see you as well. You're no stranger to the agriculture committee.
I have just a couple of reminders, colleagues, off the hop. We're looking for recommendations by next Monday in relation to the conversation we've had on bee policy so that we can incorporate those into the report. The analysts have told me that some of you have already shared those, so if you've already shared those, don't feel the need to reshare, but if you haven't said something on this or you want to make sure something is there, please do so by Monday.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motions adopted by the committee on Monday, January 31, 2022, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and Monday, April 17, 2023, the committee is resuming its study on the environmental contribution of agriculture. Of course, as I mentioned, today we're talking about the topic of bee mortality.
I'd like to thank our witnesses. The last time, a few weeks ago, we tried to have you in, we had some real technical difficulties in the virtual environment. It's great to see you here in person. Thank you, and I'm sorry we had to cut that meeting short.
From the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, today we have Dr. Nancy Rheault, who is the senior director and deputy chief veterinary officer, and we also have Dr. Parthi Muthukumarasamy, executive director, international programs directorate.
From the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, we have Dr. Stephen Pernal, who will be joining us virtually.
From the Department of Health, we have Dr. Connie Hart, who is the senior science adviser, environmental assessment directorate, pest management regulatory agency. Ms. Hart and certainly PMRA do work that is always really important for our agriculture sector. Thank you for being here. Also joining you is Frédéric Bissonnette, acting executive director of PMRA. Welcome to the committee.
From the American Beekeeping Federation, we have Daniel Winter, who is the president. Thank you, Daniel, for joining us online.
Finally, from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, we have Ted McKinney, who is the chief executive officer. Mr. McKinney, thank you so much for joining us and for being able to give us a perspective outside of Canada.
We're going to allow five minutes for each organization or individual to provide opening statements and then we're going to get right to questions.
I'm going to start with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for up to five minutes. Over to you.