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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Meeting No. 25
Tuesday, April 8, 2003
The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met in a televised session at 9:05 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Paul Steckle, presiding.
Members of the Committee present: David L. Anderson, Gérard Binet, Rick Borotsik, Garry Breitkreuz, Claude Duplain, Mark Eyking, Howard Hilstrom, Louis Plamondon, Dick Proctor, Paul Steckle and Rose-Marie Ur.
In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Jean-Luc Bourdages, analyst; Jean-Denis Fréchette, analyst; Lorie Srivastava, analyst.
Appearing: From the House of Commons: The Honourable Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Witnesses: From the Parks Canada Agency: Alan Latourelle, Chief Executive Officer. From the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food: Mark Corey, Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services Branch; Ian Thomson, Director, Western Hemisphere Trade Policy Division, International Trade Policy Directorate; Alan Schlachter, Trade Policy Analyst, Western Hemisphere Trade Policy Division, International Trade Policy Directorate. From the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Phil Calvert, Deputy Director, Technical Barriers and Regulations Division. From the Canadian Cattlemen's Association: Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice-President; Neil Jahnke, President; Jim Caldwell, Director, Government Affairs. From the Canadian Pork Council: Edouard Asnong, President; Martin Rice, Executive Director; Catherine Scovil, Executive Associate. From the Manitoba Pork Council: Larry Friesen.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee resumed consideration of the occurrence of tuberculosis in the elk and deer herds in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba.
The Minister and Alan Latourelle made opening statements and answered questions.
At 10:00 a.m., the sitting was suspended.
At 10:05 a.m., the Committee proceeded to sit in camera.
The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report on the issue of the occurrence of tuberculosis in the elk and deer herds in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba.
It was agreed, - That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.
It was agreed, - That the Chair, Clerk and researchers be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.
It was agreed, - That pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request the Government to table a comprehensive response to the Report.
It was agreed, - That the Chair present the report, as amended, to the House.
The Committee proceeded to consider its future business.
It was agreed, - That the Committee invite the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on April 29, 2003, and departmental officials at three subsequent meetings, to study the Main Estimates 2003-2004 and the Agricultural Policy Framework.
It was agreed, - That the Committee hold two meetings to study the U.S. Farm Bill.
It was agreed, - That the Committee invite the Pest Management Control Agency to follow up on the minor use policy.
It was agreed, - That the Committee hold two further meetings to study the approval of genetically modified wheat in Canada and its effect on Canadian agriculture.
It was agreed, - That the Committee hold a briefing session on the current World Trade Organization negotiations.
At 10:55 a.m., the meeting was suspended.
At 11:05 a.m., the Committee proceeded to sit in public.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee proceeded to the consideration of the United States country-of-origin labelling policy.
Mark Corey and Ian Thomson made opening statements and with the other witnesses, answered questions.
Edouard Asnong, Neil Jahnke, Martin Rice and Larry Friesen made opening statements and with Dennis Laycraft and Jim Caldwell answered questions.
At 12:57 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair
Clerk of the Committee