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Meeting No. 8
Monday, December 10, 2007

The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, James Bezan, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Alex Atamanenko, André Bellavance, James Bezan, Ken Boshcoff, Hon. Wayne Easter, Guy Lauzon, Larry Miller, Jean-Yves Roy, Hon. Carol Skelton, Lloyd St. Amand, Paul Steckle and Brian Storseth.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Jean-Denis Fréchette, Principal; Mathieu Frigon, Analyst.


Witnesses: Pulse Canada: Gordon Bacon, Chief Executive Officer; Todd Stewart, Board Member. Performance Plants: David Dennis, President and Chief Executive Officer. Canadian Seed Trade Association: Jeff Reid, First Vice-President. BIOTECanada: Phil Schwab, Vice President of Industry Relations.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on November 19th, 2007, the Committee resumed its study of Growing Forward.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 5:17 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:20 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on November 19th, 2007, the Committee resumed its study on the Collapse of the Beef and Pork Sector Revenues.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.


It was agreed, — That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.


It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: “Report on the Beef and Pork Sector Income Crisis”.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.


It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analyst be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.


It was agreed, — That the Chair present the report to the House.


At 6:30 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Lafleur
Clerk of the Committee

2007/12/20 10:00 a.m.