I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 10 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Pursuant to the motion adopted by the House on May 26, 2020, Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on June 1, 2020, the committee is resuming its study of the impacts of COVID-19 on fishing industry stakeholders.
Today's meeting is taking place via video conference. The proceedings are public and are made available via the House of Commons website. So that you are aware, I will tell you that the webcast will show the person speaking rather than the entire committee.
We had to modify our witnesses at 1 p.m. eastern time because some were unable to connect with us. They were informed that they can send us briefs in writing. Some other witnesses have not been in touch with us to test their connection and sound as we normally ask the witnesses to do. If the connection is difficult or impossible with some of the witnesses, or if the sound is bad and interpretation cannot be done, the witnesses will have to send their statements to the clerk, who will distribute them to all members. Members could also ask that some questions be answered in writing if the witnesses accept to do so.
For the benefit of all members, but also our witnesses who participate in a House of Commons virtual committee meeting for the first time, I should remind you all of a few rules to follow.
Interpretation in this video conference will work very much like in a regular committee meeting. You have the choice at the bottom of your screen of floor, English or French. As you are speaking, if you plan to alternate from one language to the other, you will need to also switch the interpretation channel so that it aligns with the language you are speaking. You may want to allow for a short pause when switching languages. Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you are ready to speak, you can click on the microphone icon to activate your mike.
Should members have a point of order, they should activate their mike and state that they have a point of order. If a member wishes to intervene on a point of order that has been raised by another member, I encourage him or her to use the “raise hand” function. In order to do so, you should click on “Participants” at the bottom of the screen. When the list pops up, you will see next to your name that you can click “raise hand”. This will signal to the chair your interest to speak. We will keep your names in chronological order.
When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute. The use of headsets is strongly encouraged.
Finally, when speaking, please speak slowly and clearly. This might be especially important today. Our witnesses are not necessarily with us from offices with high-speed Internet and high-tech equipment. We will try to do our best, and this could mean talking more slowly than usual.
Should any technical challenge arise, for example, in relation to interpretation or if a problem with audio arises, please advise the chair immediately and the technical team will work to resolve it. Please note that we may need to suspend during these times as we need to ensure that all members are able to participate fully.
Before we get started, would everyone click on their screen in the top right-hand corner and ensure that they are on gallery view. With this view, you should be able to see all the participants in a grid view. It will ensure that all video participants can see one another.
I would now like to welcome our witnesses for today.
With us are Jean Lanteigne, director general, Fédération régionale acadienne des pêcheurs professionnels; and Paul Lansbergen, president of the Fisheries Council of Canada.
I know, Paul, that you've appeared before committee many times.
I'll go to Mr. Lanteigne first.