CADAP has been a board member of CAHRC since its founding in 2006, as a non-voting member. We really need to get the word out that there are some really good jobs in agriculture. It's not what people traditionally think. There are some very high-tech jobs. I was going to make the comment about the 18- to 24-year-olds we're trying to encourage. Oftentimes, with the technology we have, they're the only ones who know how to make it work. You may have a great GPS unit, but your 18- to 24-year-old is the one who actually has to set it up for you.
With the huge expansion of the greenhouse industry, there are some very high-tech jobs there as well. Working in a greenhouse year-round is a great place to be. As the food industry grows in its complexity, there's a real need to have well-trained people. We just need to get the word out that there are all kinds of jobs.
Canada has a huge opportunity going forward. We're one of only six countries in the world, going forward, that are net exporters of food, and that's not going to change anytime soon. The world population's jumping up probably to over nine billion shortly. The opportunity is there.
Certainly, the budget this year and the Barton report clearly identified the opportunities, but we need to get the word out. I mean, a farm's a great place to work. It's a great place to raise a family.
We need to get past these small business tax changes because being able to transfer that family farm from one generation to the next to the next is part of our history. We need to keep that going, and we need to make sure it's not an advantage to sell to somebody not related to you rather than your own children. That's fundamentally wrong.