COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters Mr. Chair, I want to assure my colleague that this issue is extremely important to our government and to the Minister of Official Languages. All of us, including the minister, are working very hard on this matter. We will ensure that this is acted on as soon as possible.
COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters Mr. Speaker, we have made significant changes to different programs. We have changed the eligibility criteria to include a greater number of farmers. We are working very hard with the provinces right now to see how we can improve different business risk management programs. Let m
COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind my colleague of everything we have done for the agricultural sector since the beginning. We have changed the eligibility for the Canada emergency business account to allow a greater number of farmers to apply, which could mean up to $670 mill
COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters Madam Chair, members will recall that we committed to give dairy farmers $1.75 billion in compensation for the Europe and trans-Pacific deals. They have already received $345 million, and the second payment will be made this year. I can assure the member that we are just as stron
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COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters Mr. Speaker, I want to assure my colleague that I am following this file very closely. We are working with the various stakeholders, including the producers who have a stake in the matter.
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Business of Supply Madam Chair, we gave dairy farmers exactly what they wanted, which was to increase the loan capacity of the Canadian Dairy Commission by $200 million. Thanks to supply management, the commission is a very experienced organization and perfectly capable of adapting to the situation
Business of Supply Madam Chair, I will repeat what we said to dairy producers who were asking us to provide more resources to the Canadian Dairy Commission. It is not a mortgage. In fact, it gives them the possibility of buying additional quantities of milk-based products, namely butter and cheese,
Business of Supply Madam Chair, in the supplementary estimates, amounts are allocated to various groups of producers, including meat processors. That helps our producers indirectly. Regarding dairy farmers more specifically, our commitment remains firm. We will provide $1.75 billion for the first
Agriculture committee I don't have the right words in English, but it's very sad that we have lost two workers to COVID, and I know that others are sick. As far as I know, the isolation period is going very well. The right measures have been put in place and the collaboration of the local public heal
Agriculture committee Absolutely. We launched the first-ever food policy last June.
Agriculture committee This is very important for Canadian dairy producers. With the supply management system, they have the capacity to organize themselves to manage their supply better, and we have improved it.
Agriculture committee We also need rules, because we must still manage public funds properly. To answer your question, take the Canada emergency business account. We launched it very quickly to enable businesses to access a $40,000 loan, of which $10,000 may be non-repayable. We listened to entrepre
Agriculture committee There are four main risk management programs. The AgriStability program is designed to help farmers in the event of a significant loss of revenue. The AgriRecovery program is designed to help them in the event of a significant increase in costs—
Agriculture committee I'm getting there. I think that we must put things in perspective. The AgriInsurance program is designed to help farmers in the event of natural disasters. The AgriInvest program helps them deal with small shifts, and they can access it very quickly. Every year, they put $10,000
Agriculture committee I'm sorry, but I have a hard time understanding your point. You're telling me that the Conservative government has cut into the AgriStability program and the AgriInvest program, and I'm telling you that these programs still exist. They're working, but they're not available.... Th