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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 143
Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:01 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pat Finnigan, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Xavier Deschênes-Philion, Analyst
• Khamla Heminthavong, Analyst
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
• Colleen Barnes, Acting Vice-President, Policy and Programs
• Jaspinder Komal, Vice-President, Science Branch, Chief Veterinary Officer and World Organisation for Animal Health Delegate for Canada
Canadian Pork Council
• Audrey Cameron, Director, On-Farm Programs
• Gabriela Guigou, Manager, National Swine Health Initiative
• John Ross, Executive Director
• René Roy, Vice-Chair
Canada Border Services Agency
• Fred Gaspar, Director General, Commercial Program Directorate
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the Committee commenced its study of the African swine fever.

René Roy made statement and, with John Ross, answered questions.


Luc Berthold moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee invite the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Minister of Trade Diversification and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to update the Committee on the situation regarding the suspension of Canadian pork imports by the Chinese government and that the Ministers appear before the Committee on or before Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the motion and it was negatived on the following recorded division:

YEAS: Luc Berthold, Earl Dreeshen, Alistair MacGregor, Bev Shipley — 4;

NAYS: Pierre Breton, Francis Drouin, Lloyd Longfield, Eva Nassif, Terry Sheehan — 5.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 12:00 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:05 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Colleen Barnes and Fred Gaspar made statements and, with Jaspinder Komal, answered questions.


Luc Berthold moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee invite the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to discuss her trip to the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting in Japan and update the Committee on her discussions with the Chinese Agriculture Minister regarding the canola trade crisis, and that the Minister be invited to appear for two hours on or before May 21, 2019.

Debate arose thereon.

At 1:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Ariane Gagné-Frégeau
Clerk of the Committee