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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 68
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 3:31 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Presiding
Pat Finnigan, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Khamla Heminthavong, Analyst
Canadian Seed Trade Association
• Dave Carey, Executive Director
Canadian National Millers Association
• Gordon Harrison, President
Egg Farmers of Canada
• Tim Lambert, Chief Executive Officer
• Roger Pelissero, Chairman
Fisheries Council of Canada
• Patrick McGuinness, Interim President
Retail Council of Canada
• Jason McLinton, Vice-President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Committee resumed its study of a food policy for Canada.

Gordon Harrison, Patrick McGuiness and Jason McLinton made statements and answered questions.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Motion

Luc Berthold moved, — That the Committee immediately undertake a study on the proposed changes to the tax system in order to assess their impacts on small farm businesses, particularly family farms and the inherent risks in the proposals on transfer of ownership; and that the Committee report its findings to the House no later than Friday, December 1, 2017.

Debate arose thereon.

After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: John Barlow, Luc Berthold, Sylvie Boucher, Ruth Ellen Brosseau — 4;

NAYS: Pierre Breton, Francis Drouin, Eva Nassif, Joe Peschisolido, Raj Saini — 5.

The Committee resumed consideration of its study of a food policy for Canada. Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 4:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:34 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Dave Carey, Roger Pelissero and Tim Lambert made statements and answered questions.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

John Barlow gave notice of the following motion:

That the Committee immediately undertake a study on the government’s consultations titled “Tax Planning Using Private Corporations” as publicly released on July 18, 2017; that the Committee hear from witnesses on this topic for 15 meetings; that the hearings focus on the potential impact of the consultations, including making it easier to sell a family farm to a stranger than to a family member and how this will impact the Canadian agriculture and agri-food economy; that the findings be reported to the House; and that the government provide a response to the recommendations made by the Committee.

The Committee resumed consideration of a food policy for Canada. Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Sylvie Boucher gave notice of the following motion:

That the Committee invite the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food and the Minister of Finance to provide a briefing on the government's consultations titled "Tax Planning Using Private Corporations" and how this will impact family farms and the Canadian agriculture and agri-food economy.

The Committee resumed consideration of a food policy for Canada. Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 5:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee