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Agriculture committee  No. A process is under way and the decision should be made very soon because, as I said, July 1 is fast approaching.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  The impact will be very significant. In reality, the first year will last 30 days. There's a major difference between the first year and the second year in the agreement. In the second year, imports will triple and the export cap will be significantly reduced from 55,000 tonnes t

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  This was announced in 2017. Looking back, we saw that it created a great deal of instability in the market. Often, cheeses are imported specifically to compete with cheeses already produced in Canada, which leads to this instability. Of course, our members will make the decision

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  That's exactly right. This will increase the need for compensation. There's currently a great deal of instability, as my fellow producers have said, because of COVID-19. The announcement of the premature entry into force of CUSMA created even more instability. This is probably t

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  We haven't looked into that specific question.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  Yes, absolutely. I can see that it would raise questions. Our association hasn't taken a stand on how TRQs should be distributed among dairy processors, depending on whether they are small and medium-sized businesses or large companies. Our position is that TRQs should be alloc

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  Yes, fairness is very important for processors. Earlier, I was talking about losses of $320 million a year. The compensation program can be adjusted based on the tariff rate quota allocation, which is also a loss mitigation tool. This tool won't be effective for all processors.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  It isn't easy to do, because the drop in revenue may be much larger for suppliers in the food service market. Each case is different.

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  As I mentioned in my opening remarks, we need the government to announce the details of the export and import components as soon as possible. We've had positive discussions with both politicians and department officials. I know the department is working hard so it can make those

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  It could affect margins, but not substantially. Our working group estimated the losses stemming from the three agreements at $320 million per year, which includes the export caps. As we mentioned in our opening statement, CUSMA includes a clause that imposes export caps. Our esti

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  Actually, the purpose of the program that was announced isn't to compensate dairy processors. It's to address the COVID-19 crisis. The government is making $77.5 million available to all food processors. The compensation we talked about in our opening statement pertains to the t

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  I'd like to quickly go back to the point Mr. Barrett just made about the allocation of TRQs. We want to reiterate the importance of allocating dairy TRQs to dairy processors. Last week, we sent a memo on this subject to several government representatives, pointing out that alloc

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

Agriculture committee  On one hand, depending on their product line and the markets they serve, most dairy processors saw their revenues drop between 0% and 50% due to the decline in the food and hospitality market. On the other hand, dairy processors saw an increase in their costs related to COVID-1

May 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

International Trade committee  Perhaps I'll add a fourth one, the oversight clauses we find in the CUSMA agreement. We provide oversight to the U.S. government on all things dairy, basically, in Canada.

February 25th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon

International Trade committee  Yes, the impact would be $60 million, as we discussed earlier. As Dominique mentioned, the peculiar aspect is that it applies to all countries, and that's a first in a trade agreement. According to our legal counsel it has never happened before that an agreement between two or th

February 25th, 2020Committee meeting

Mathieu Frigon