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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 133
Friday, March 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Televised
Presiding
Pat Finnigan, Chair (Liberal)

• Ted Falk (Conservative)
• Larry Maguire (Conservative)
Library of Parliament
• Corentin Bialais, Analyst
• Khamla Heminthavong, Analyst
Pursuant to Standing Order 106(4), the Committee commenced consideration of the request by four members of the Committee to undertake a study of China’s recent halting of Canadian canola, wheat and pea sales to the Chinese market.

Motion

Luc Berthold moved, — That the Committee invite the following witnesses to appear concerning China’s recent halting of Canadian canola, wheat and pea sales to the Chinese market:

  1. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;
  2. The Minister of International Trade Diversification;
  3. The Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  4. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and
  5. Industry representatives;

and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Francis Drouin moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “China’s recent halting of Canadian canola, wheat and pea sales to the Chinese market:

  1. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;
  2. The Minister of International Trade Diversification;
  3. The Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  4. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and
  5. Industry representatives;

and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, March 29, 2019”, with the following: “official notices of non-compliance from China for exports of Canadian canola seeds:

  1. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and
  2. Industry Representatives

and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, April 12, 2019”.

Debate arose thereon.

Subamendment

Earl Dreeshen moved, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the words “Friday, April 12, 2019” with the words “Friday, April 5, 2019”.

After debate, the question was put on the subamendment of Earl Dreeshen and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.

The Committee resumed consideration of the amendment of Francis Drouin, as amended, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “China’s recent halting of Canadian canola, wheat and pea sales to the Chinese market:

  1. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;
  2. The Minister of International Trade Diversification;
  3. The Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  4. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and
  5. Industry representatives;

and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, March 29, 2019”, with the following: “official notices of non-compliance from China for exports of Canadian canola seeds:

  1. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and
  2. Industry Representatives

and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, April 5, 2019”.

The question was put on the amendment of Francis Drouin, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Chandra Arya, Pierre Breton, Francis Drouin, Eva Nassif, Anita Vandenbeld — 5;

NAYS: Luc Berthold, Earl Dreeshen, Randy Hoback, Alistair MacGregor — 4.

The Committee resumed consideration of the motion, as amended, of Luc Berthold, — That the Committee invite the following witnesses to appear concerning China’s recent halting of Canadian canola, wheat and pea sales to the Chinese market:

  1. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and
  2. Industry representatives;

and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.

The debate continued.

The question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Chandra Arya, Pierre Breton, Francis Drouin, Eva Nassif, Anita Vandenbeld — 5;

NAYS: Luc Berthold, Earl Dreeshen, Randy Hoback, Alistair MacGregor — 4.

Motion

Luc Berthold moved, — That the Committee invite the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and industry representatives, farmers and producers to appear regarding the recent halting of Canadian canola sales in China, and that all witnesses appear no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.

RULING BY THE CHAIR

The Chair ruled the proposed motion inadmissible as it is the same in substance as one motion already decided in the same session and is not sufficiently different as to constitute a new question.

At 12:40 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Ariane Gagné-Frégeau
Clerk of the Committee