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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 8
Friday, May 8, 2020, 2:04 p.m. to 4:17 p.m.
Pat Finnigan, Chair (Liberal)

• Caroline Desbiens (Bloc Québécois)
• Paul Manly (Green Party)
House of Commons
• Aimée Belmore, Procedural Clerk
• Nancy Vohl, Procedural Clerk
Library of Parliament
• Corentin Bialais, Analyst
• Natacha Kramski, Analyst
Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance
• Claire Citeau, Executive Director
Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec
• Sylvie Cloutier, Chief Executive Officer
• Dimitri Fraeys, Vice-President
Food and Beverage Canada
• Kathleen Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer
• James Donaldson, Member of the Board of Directors
Canadian Cattlemen's Association
• Bob Lowe, President
• Tyler Fulton, Director
• Fawn Jackson, Director, International and Government Relations
Retail Council of Canada
• Jason McLinton, Vice-President, Grocery Division and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
• Mary Robinson, President
• Scott Ross, Assistant Executive Director
Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the committee resumed its study of the Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Claire Citeau, Kathleen Sullivan, James Donaldson and Mary Robinson made statements and, with the other witness, answered questions.

At 3:07 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:13 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Sylvie Cloutier, Jason McLinton, Bob Lowe and Tyler Fulton made statements and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

It was agreed, — That, with regard to the study on the Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chair, in consultation with the clerks and the analysts, assemble panels of witnesses for the committee’s upcoming meetings; that, to the extent possible, these panels be made up of witnesses suggested by the recognized parties for the following agricultural topics or industries: the dairy industry, the horticulture industry, agricultural labour and foreign workers, the livestock industry and small farm businesses; that, in addition to the previously scheduled appearance of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship be invited to appear for the “agricultural labour and foreign workers” topic; and that, depending on the circumstances, the changing situation and the places available on the panels, the committee be able to add some witnesses if necessary.

At 4:17 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Marc-Olivier Girard
Committee Clerk