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Agriculture committee  Yes. To my knowledge, I am unaware if our representatives from Alberta have had discussions like the pork organizations have. I would be surprised if they haven't, but I'm testifying that I'm not sure. Maybe René would have an answer from the Ontario perspective, the neighbouring

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  Again, when Bill C-205 was brought forward, we thought it would be a very significant victory across the umbrella of our Canadian production. With regard to the provincial side, to my knowledge, there hasn't been much of that at all.

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  Well, we look at the example of what has happened in Quebec, and Mr. Duval told us a story. You know, seven hours is just not appropriate at all as far as a response time is concerned. As far as the length of time it takes for police officers to get to a location, that's a big q

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  Well, really, what is the law? That's what we're talking about right now: Bill C-205. Maybe Mr. Roy would like to respond to that as well with a Quebec perspective, but we really need to have a law in place, which we're seeking.

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  Based on the evidence of what's transpired over the last two years with people walking into farms and putting animals at risk, no, not at all.

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  We're seeing that occur around the world, where it devastates the sectors in those countries. You can look at China, Germany, Poland, and on and on. Our industry here would be decimated—it would be mass euthanasia of the animals—because, folks, pork producers export 70% of what

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  That is a great question. Thank you for that. The one that sticks out in my mind is.... In western Canada, we have the Hutterite colonies, which like to keep to themselves. A situation where there is an activist group that is so aggressive that it would actually go to people who

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  We really believe that the enforcement is a big part of it because when one domino falls, without enforcement, what would be the deterrent to this reoccurring and for others to do that? I think enforcement is very much a component of all of this, absolutely. In a rural setting,

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  First of all, we all have expectations of protecting our families and properties. As a matter of fact, maybe in some of the offices that you're sitting in right now, or in your home, there is security to prevent people from coming in. When they come in, that's a wrong thing. Why

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  Thank you for that. Thank you for this opportunity to appear before the House of Commons. Bill C-205 is very important for Canadian pork producers. My name is Rick Bergmann. I'm a producer from Manitoba, and today I'm joined by René Roy, a producer from Quebec. The Canadian P

May 25th, 2021Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  I'll start off and invite Mr. Ahrens to wrap it up if he has any concluding comments on that one. On AgriRecovery, as you are all aware, there was an announcement some time ago by our government to help us. AgriRecovery, for my farm and many others, when it comes down to it....

June 19th, 2020Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  That's a very, very good question, Mr. Ellis. It really varies from year to year. What we do is we plan our farm for positive results. We do everything we can. Then things come our way that destroy that positive cash flow and create a loss. Again, COVID has done that. To answer

June 19th, 2020Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  In operations like mine, we are an export market focused on isoweans. When there's a big demand, a lot of animals can go. When there's no demand, because of COVID, there is more euthanizing occurring, and that affects the mortality rate, of course. Yes, unfortunately, I have to

June 19th, 2020Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  I asked that very question to a producer the day before yesterday. Producers have an opportunity to take the cash market or the futures market. They take the futures market when there is an opportunity, and there is no opportunity in the future right now in the markets, so it is

June 19th, 2020Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann

Agriculture committee  I'm going to defer this question to Doug Ahrens. He is the chair of our business risk management committee, and he's very knowledgeable. We're pleased to have him join us.

June 19th, 2020Committee meeting

Rick Bergmann