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(Meeting No. 21 )

Thursday, February 19, 1998

The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food met at 9:08 a.m., this day, in Room 536, Wellington Building, Joe McGuire, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Leon Benoit, Rick Borotsik, Murray Calder, Denis Coderre, John Harvard, Jay Hill, Larry McCormick, Joe McGuire, Paul Steckle and Rose-Marie Ur.


Acting Members present: Ian Murray for Paul Bonwick; Charlie Penson for Jake Hoeppner; Benoît Sauvageau for Odina Desrochers and Chris Axworthy for Dick Proctor.


Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee proceeded to the consideration of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment and its Impact on Agriculture.


Witnesses: From the Canadian Federation of Agriculture: Bob Friesen, First Vice-President; Sally Rutherford, Executive Director and Jennifer Higginson, Policy Analyst. From the National Farmers Union: Darrin Qualman, Executive Secretary.


Darrin Qualman, Bob Friesen made opening statements and, with Sally Rutherford, Jennifer Higginson, answered questions.


Charlie Penson moved -- That, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food resolve to strike a joint sub-committee with the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to investigate, detail and analyze subsidization at the federal, state and local levels available to dairy producers in the United States and what farm policies in the U.S., if any, may be preventing dairy exports from Canada. This study will be undertaken in order that the Canadian dairy industry can be better prepared for the 1999 WTO trade negotiations.


After debate, by unanimous consent, Leon Benoit moved an amendment thereto: -- That the motion be amended by deleting the words: "be preventing", and replacing them by the following: "limit fair and open access to".


After debate, the question was put on the motion, and it was negatived on the following division:


Leon Benoit

Charlie Penson

Chris Axworthy



Murray Calder

Denis Coderre

John Harvard

Larry McCormick

Paul Steckle

Rose-Marie Ur



At 11:17 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.





Clerk of the Committee