Mr. Chair, I'm just going to take a couple of minutes first to make a statement with regard to the availability of CO2.
I want to thank Ms. Lockwood for appearing before this committee. I know many of her colleagues in B.C. would have had some issues with access to CO2 within the first 72 hours.
I did meet with Mark Siemens, who is the president of the B.C. Poultry Association, and I met with the B.C. Turkey Marketing Board, the B.C. Chicken Marketing Board, the B.C. Broiler Hatching Egg Commission and the B.C. Egg Marketing Board back in January. We agreed.... I know the CFIA regional director was out there meeting, just to see how we could improve things.
AAFC had found a supplier in Alberta and was bringing in CO2 and storing it at its facilities, because broilers are so close by in your area, as you would know. I'm thankful to hear that you haven't been impacted. Obviously, you're doing the right thing and implementing the right measures.
I just didn't want to leave this committee with the impression that there's still a lack of access to CO2, as I know that issue had been solved. It was solved at the time, when I was there in January, but I know that better is always possible. That's the agreement the CFIA has done to continue working together.
You've made some comments about having a better interaction with CFIA employees and farmers. Those are great comments for this committee. I want thank you for appearing before this committee and for your comments.
I'll pass it over to you, Ms. Taylor Roy.