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Finance committee  In regard to grassroots consultation, we represent farmers. I probably shouldn't speak for industries outside of farming. I'm not familiar with them the way I am with agriculture. I think it's incredibly important for government to speak with farmers and understand, because it

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  I will, Wayne.

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  I think you're absolutely correct, Mr. Maguire, that it's not black and white. It's still a bit grey. It certainly causes me concern. Julie was asked earlier if there would be confidence in telling someone to move ahead immediately with a transfer intergenerationally. I persona

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  With regard to the stresses that people feel on farms right now, there are so many and they're so varied. The very nature of agriculture in Canada is incredibly diverse, both in the size of farm operations and in the commodities they're producing. Generally speaking, what we want

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. Ultimately there are no farmers I'm aware of who would sell their land if their farm were profitable. One of the best things we can do to prevent the loss and erosion of arable land in this country would be to ensure that farms are profitable and that they

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  I believe the question was what more could be done in regard to tax. What are the more complicated things we face in tax? Is that correct?

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  Thank you, Wayne. I'm hearing feedback. Probably what the government could do at this point in time to help farms would be.... Obviously, our big concern was this unfair intergenerational tax situation we had, which has been addressed. We now have an act. As Don has pointed out,

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

Finance committee  Thank you, Mr. Easter. It's wonderful to be here. Thank you, Mr. Chair and committee members, for the opportunity to speak to you today. As Wayne said, my name is Mary Robinson. I farm on a sixth-generation family potato, soybean, barley and hay farm in Prince Edward Island. I'

July 20th, 2021Committee meeting

Mary Robinson

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