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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 5
Monday, February 14, 2022, 11:01 a.m. to 1:11 p.m.
Webcast
Presiding
Kody Blois, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Corentin Bialais, Analyst
• Daniel Farrelly, Analyst
Canadian Hatching Egg Producers
• Brian Bilkes, Chair
• Drew Black, Executive Director
Canadian Meat Council
• Marie-France MacKinnon, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Communications
Canadian Pork Council
• Rick Bergmann, Chair of the Board of Directors
• Gary Stordy, Director, Government and Corporate Affairs
Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council
• Ian McFall, Chair of the Board of Directors
• Jean-Michel Laurin, President and Chief Executive Officer
Egg Farmers of Canada
• Roger Pelissero, Chair
• Tim Lambert, Chief Executive Officer
Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec
• David Duval, President
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, January 31, 2022, the committee resumed its study of the agriculture and agri-food supply chain.

Marie-France MacKinnon, Rick Bergmann and David Duval made statements and, with Gary Stordy, answered questions.

Motion

Alistair MacGregor moved, — That the committee report the following to the House: “The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food calls for the immediate end of blockades at Canada’s border crossings. At a time of severe strain to our supply chains, the blockades are interrupting millions of dollars of daily trade between Canada and the United States and are negatively impacting Canadian agriculture and agri-food industries, including producers, manufacturers, and processors. The federal government must play a leadership role in keeping these vital trade networks open for the thousands of agricultural businesses and workers who depend on them.” That the Clerk of the Committee prepare and issue a press release following the presentation of the report in the House, and that the press release be published on the committee’s website and posted on the committee’s social media platforms.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

John Barlow moved, — That the motion be amended by adding the word “illegal” after the words “for the immediate end of the”.

By unanimous consent, questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 12:02 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:08 p.m., the sitting resumed.

The committee resumed consideration of the motion of Alistair MacGregor which read as follows:

That the committee report the following to the House: “The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food calls for the immediate end of blockades at Canada’s border crossings. At a time of severe strain to our supply chains, the blockades are interrupting millions of dollars of daily trade between Canada and the United States and are negatively impacting Canadian agriculture and agri-food industries, including producers, manufacturers, and processors. The federal government must play a leadership role in keeping these vital trade networks open for the thousands of agricultural businesses and workers who depend on them.” That the Clerk of the Committee prepare and issue a press release following the presentation of the report in the House, and that the press release be published on the committee’s website and posted on the committee’s social media platforms.

and of the amendment of John Barlow which read as follows:

That the motion be amended by adding the word “illegal” after the words “for the immediate end of the”.

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of John Barlow and it was agreed to.

Amendment

John Barlow moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the words “Canada’s border crossings” the following: “and for the government to present a plan to Canadians for the lifting of all COVID-19 federal mandates and restrictions”.

The question was put on the amendment of John Barlow and it was negatived on division.

Amendment

Francis Drouin moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “The federal government must play” with the words “All governments must play".

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Francis Drouin and it was agreed to.

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the committee report the following to the House: “The House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food calls for the immediate end of illegal blockades at Canada’s border crossings. At a time of severe strain to our supply chains, the blockades are interrupting millions of dollars of daily trade between Canada and the United States and are negatively impacting Canadian agriculture and agri-food industries, including producers, manufacturers, and processors. All governments must play a leadership role in keeping these vital trade networks open for the thousands of agricultural businesses and workers who depend on them.” That the Clerk of the Committee prepare and issue a press release following the presentation of the report in the House, and that the press release be published on the committee’s website and posted on the committee’s social media platforms.

Brian Bilkes, Ian McFall and Roger Pelissero made statements and, with Drew Black, Jean-Michel Laurin and Tim Lambert, answered questions.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, February 14, 2022, the committee commenced its study of illegal blockades at Canada’s border crossings.

ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.

At 1:11 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Wassim Bouanani
Clerk of the Committee