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Agriculture committee  Food safety is our absolute top priority. Before RCC and its members have any other conversation about anything else with regard to food, it's always about food safety. Our members have programs in place to ensure that the food they sell is safe. If you're going to a Canadian s

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  I'm not familiar with any type of product that doesn't have an expiry date on it but should. If that exists, I'd really be interested to know more about it.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Absolutely. As I said, our members provide Canadians with the products they want. It's not only a role for the marketplace; it's driven by the marketplace. There's a role for government regulation as well, clearly on things such as food safety, but to comment specifically about G

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Thank you, Ms. Nassif, who is a fellow Concordia graduate. We have never seen anything like the pace of change in food regulation right now. You touched on the safe food for Canadians regulations. There is also marketing to children, which of course you'll all be aware of, an

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Specifically on expiration and best-before dates, I think we need to do a better job.

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  I think, as a country, we need to do a better job about public education in that regard, because there actually is a difference between best-before date and expiration date that most—

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Right, and some people aren't aware of what that is, and in some cases, with things that have a very long shelf life, it would be inappropriate to put that. I'm thinking specifically about remote communities, northern communities where you have to be very careful about putting a

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Our reaction and the reaction of our members to the food guide has generally been a very positive one. As I've mentioned, our members supply consumers with what they're looking for. The tastes of consumers are constantly evolving, and what's represented in the food guide is a rep

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Thank you for your question. Absolutely, you hit the nail on the head with regard to competitive pricing in a wide variety of products, making sure that consumers have access year round to innovative products at competitive prices. In terms of innovation at the production level

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Agriculture committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of the committee, for this opportunity to discuss with you the public's perception and confidence in the Canadian agricultural sector. I will make a brief presentation for the Retail Council of Canada, or the RCC. The retail industry is the larg

April 4th, 2019Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Industry committee  If I may, there could be intent and common sense amendments so that there's certainty in the lawful business environment, and so that the scant government resources that are there for compliance and enforcement are targeted where they should be.

October 19th, 2017Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Industry committee  Thank you, Mr. Eglinski. Yes, it goes exactly to the point about intent and to how the penalties should be proportionate to intent. Going back to that example of the rural hardware stores, somebody who is really trying to comply and accidentally sent an email, or can't demonstra

October 19th, 2017Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Industry committee  I have something to add as well. I don't have the statistics in front of me.... It does not surprise me one bit that retailers are seeing more online sales, but to draw that specifically to legislation.... That's the way the world is moving. Our members are very competitive in th

October 19th, 2017Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Industry committee  Thank you, Mr. Masse, for the question. Our members' primary focus of concern is not as much around the botware and the malware and that sort of thing and those provisions; it's primarily around commercial electronic messaging. They're seeing a big flashing red light of the pos

October 19th, 2017Committee meeting

Jason McLinton

Industry committee  I don't have figures in terms of the compliance costs. It obviously depends on the size of the business and what they're involved in, and every business is different. What I am hearing from the independent members is that it is very onerous. A lot of these are family-owned, famil

October 19th, 2017Committee meeting

Jason McLinton