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Health committee  As I said earlier, COVID has certainly highlighted for us the importance of the need for more strategic discussions on how we can address the shortages in agricultural labour. With our temporary foreign worker access, international workers have certainly been coming into this co

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Mrs. Jansen, it's nice to know that you're a former farmer.

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  No one in agriculture wants to appear ungrateful for the help that has been offered to agriculture to date. Help is help, and we will take what we can get, but we certainly would appreciate more. With regard to how we feel, well, I guess it was a Conservative government that ch

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  There's a wonderful opportunity right now for a very clear message from government to our spectacular agriculture sector. We're the envy of most of the world in regard to our natural resources, as well as our farming acumen. Now is an opportunity for government to send a message

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Government is in the job of fixing these problems, not the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. I would instead defer to your expertise on that.

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Absolutely. We see so much stress placed on farmers because, as you would understand, it's very complex. It's a highly emotional business to be in. I'm sixth generation, and my family's been here for two hundred years, so the generation that loses it is the one that really loses

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  I have not specifically heard of people hiring through this program. I have heard frustration and concern, in particular from smaller producers or newer entrants after announcements were made that they would be able to access the CEBA, and then there was quite a time lag between

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  That's a great question. I don't know the total amount because we continue to see market volatility. As producers we're uncertain where we're going to be able to sell and where we're not. Overall, we continue to put crops in the ground, raise animals, and hope we're going to be

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Again, there's a great deal of uncertainty as to what will make it to market. The surplus food purchase program is meant to divert a bunch of food from going to waste. We've seen several different components of the food supply chain trying to donate that food to make sure that it

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  I believe the channels are switched because I'm hearing only the French.

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Okay, the question is the same as it's been. It's difficult to forecast what the food supply is going to look like in the summer and in the fall. A great deal of the uncertainty has to do with access to labour. There's also great uncertainty with regard to how COVID is going to

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Exact financial figures will be difficult. The $2.6 billion came to us by doing a cross-commodity scope. We surveyed all of our members, all commodities across the country, and two months ago the estimate of losses was $2.6 billion. In regard to the $252 million and what's not c

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  I'm sorry, the interpreter changed. I missed the question.

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  The fall is certainly a great unknown. The uncertainty of what's going to happen if we.... I'm hearing French.

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Health committee  Yes. I think Ms. Jansen is having the same experience as me. Every time I speak, I hear French.

June 17th, 2020Committee meeting

Mary Robinson