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Meeting No. 47
Thursday, October 9, 2003

The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 269 West Block, the Chair, Paul Steckle, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Gérard Binet, Rick Borotsik, Claude Duplain, Howard Hilstrom, John Maloney, Larry McCormick, Louis Plamondon, Paul Steckle and Rose-Marie Ur.


Acting Members present: Mark Assad for Rick Laliberte and Carmen Provenzano for Mark Eyking.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Jean-Denis Fréchette, Principal.


Witnesses: Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food: Bruce Deacon, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management Branch; Douglas Hedley, Assistant Deputy Minister, Farm Financial Programs Branch; Gilles Lavoie, Senior Director General, Operations, Market and Industry Services Branch; Bruce Archibald, Assistant Deputy Minister, Research Branch; Donna Mitchell, Executive Director, Rural and Co-operatives Secretariats; Carl Neggers, Director General, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration; Paul Schubert, Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications Branch. Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Debra Bryanton, Executive Director, Food Safety; Gordon R. White, Vice-President, Corporate Services; Greg Stubbings, National Manager, Forestry Section, Plant Health Division.

Pursuant to Standing Order 81(5), the Committee commenced consideration of the Supplementary Estimates (A) 2003-2004: Votes 1a, 5a, 10a 30a and 40a under AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD referred to the Committee on September 23, 2003.

At 3:35 p.m., Bruce Deacon made an opening statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

At 4:30 p.m., Gordon White made an opening statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

At 5:05 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:15 p.m. , the sitting resumed in camera.


It was agreed to on division, - That Votes 1a, 5a, 30a and 40a under AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD carry.

It was agreed, - That John Maloney be delegated to report Votes 1a, 5a, 30a and 40a under AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD to the House, as carried.

At 5:16 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Bibiane Ouellette
Clerk of the Committee

2003/10/14 3:58 p.m.