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Agriculture committee  Thank you, Mr. Blois. I think I'll say that we have a number of existing priorities around the economic strength of the sector, around its environmental sustainability and around public trust and others. Those will certainly I think remain priorities for my provincial colleagues

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Yes, it's an interesting comment, Ms. Rood, because I would say it's quite the contrary. Our science and research budget has been rising in recent years. We're in the midst of and towards the tail end of a big increase in staffing to hire more research scientists across the cou

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Thanks for the question, Mr. Blois. I would say that from our level we certainly have heard for a long time about the challenges that processors and others face in terms of attracting year-round labour to support their activities, and certainly the 10% cap has been an issue for

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I certainly will take that away, Mr. Blois. In fact, as you might imagine, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and others have raised this with us on a number of occasions. We certainly know that it's a priority for them and for the sector in Atlantic Canada, but also nationally

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Thanks, Mr. Blois. I have two quick comments. One is that I think the good news is that agriculture and food trade held up pretty well over the course of the pandemic. It was mentioned that we had record exports. Food moved around the globe as part of food security for many peop

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  As well, there's the harvest program they use so that producers can get their grain assessed. They've expanded the range of assessments they do under that, I think, to the benefit of producers.

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Thanks for the question, Ms. Rood. I was unaware of the U.S. requirement. I think I would simply answer that, to the extent this comes up as part of the consultations or other discussions as part of the Canada Grain Act review, I think certainly we're willing to listen and cons

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  To answer the first question, it's true that during the pandemic we granted exemptions from the normal rules. In terms of risk management, the minister has targeted two-thirds of the provinces and, therefore, two-thirds of the production. We don't plan to change these rules or t

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  We've been told that our programs are too complicated. The administrative burden is heavy. We're always trying to find ways to reduce that burden in cooperation with the provinces, which administer a lot of the programs. In the coming months, we will be launching consultations f

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  We have not resolved the difficulties and haven't made the progress we were looking for. Discussions are ongoing with that country.

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  That is understood.

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  I'll try to summarize what I can. The grain commission is obviously independent from my authorities, but the grain commission proposed a reduction in their, I think, three or four user fees earlier this month that would, based on their estimates, reduce user fees by about 30% ove

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  It is indeed. I think that's an accurate statement. It is certainly about how to ensure the wine sector's long-term vibrancy and to support investment and growth in the sector. Yes, those funds would start in the next fiscal year, which doesn't mean we couldn't.... We will certai

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  The excise tax exemption is phasing out next July under the agreement with Australia. Certainly any program to support the wine sector will have to be, as you correctly pointed out, trade compliant.

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes

Agriculture committee  Thank you for the question, Mr. Blois. That's it exactly. Environment and Climate Change Canada is developing offset protocols, which would allow, obviously, in our case, for producers to receive payment for practices that would reduce GHG emissions. They are working on a series

May 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Chris Forbes