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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 28
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 4:57 p.m. to 6:33 p.m.
Kody Blois, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Corentin Bialais, Analyst
• Daniel Farrelly, Analyst
As an individual
• Evan Fraser, Director, Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
• Scott Ross, Executive Director
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
• Ron Lemaire, President
Canola Council of Canada
• Chris Davison, Vice-President, Stakeholder and Industry Relations
Cereals Canada
• Mark Walker, Vice-President, Markets and Trade
Global Institute for Food Security
• Steve Webb, Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, May 30, 2022, the committee resumed its study of global food insecurity.

Evan Fraser, Mark Walker and Steve Webb made statements and answered questions.

At 5:46 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:49 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Chris Davison, Scott Ross and Ron Lemaire made statements and answered questions.

The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

Alistair MacGregor gave notice of the following motion:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on profit-driven inflation in the grocery sector and the costs of groceries going up while large chains are making record profits; that the committee examine the record profits of large grocery chains and their CEOs in relation to employee wages and the cost of groceries in Canada; that the committee also examine the ability of large grocery chains leveraging their size to cut into the earnings of Canadians farmers; that the committee invite witnesses with specific knowledge on profit-driven inflation and affected stakeholders from the industry, including grocer CEOs, economists, unions and farmers or representative organizations; that no fewer than six meetings are set aside to hear from witnesses; that the committee report its findings to the House and that, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

At 6:33 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Josée Harrison
Clerk of the committee