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View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all the witnesses who are here today.
Mr. Wilson, as you well know, my riding is New Brunswick Southwest, which borders the state of Maine. I'm wondering if you could speak directly to the impact, opportunities and maybe challenges that the ratification of CPTPP, CETA and soon to be CUSMA have and will have for Atlantic Canada.
Thank you.
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
I'll just add to that, Mr. Wilson.
This committee has studied the small to medium-sized enterprises, how to make trade real for them and also how they could take advantage of that.
When we were in Washington on the steel and aluminum tariffs, one of the messages that definitely resonated with me was when one of the members of Congress said that with regard to President Trump, his sensitivity is, similar to our egg farmers, leaving people behind. So, anytime we can pull people forward, I think that's an important element.
You mentioned the business traveller visa. If any one of you would like to speak to that as well.... What are the benefits of the reduction in red tape for the business traveller, considering how integrated our market is in North America?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Great, thank you.
To our egg farmers, you mentioned that 88% of Canadians would like to buy from Canadian farmers. What is the value of actually having a maple leaf on Canadian eggs, so that when I go to the grocery store I know they're from Canada?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thanks Chair, and thank you to all of the witnesses.
My question is for Ms. Citeau.
You had mentioned in your testimony about different committees, a committee on trade, a working group, and a sanitary/phytosanitary group. How does your consultation process work in feeding that consultation back to government?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
When we look at international trade or expanding to different markets, is there a skills gap that government can help fill or support within your members?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Great, thank you.
You also mentioned competitiveness, certainly between urban and rural areas. I represent a rural riding and also a coastal riding, so ratifying NAFTA is certainly an important trade deal for us in Atlantic Canada.
How do you see that for your members in the Atlantic region?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
In terms of expansion, then, on the innovation side, I can tell you that some of the farmers in my area have done amazing work on innovation, certainly working with government on that partnership. When we're looking at the barns or, as the chair mentioned, the happy cows, what innovation opportunities do you think are before us in terms of expanding to different markets?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you.
Mr. Adams, my question for you stems from Mr. Peterson's question on the threat of President Trump's ripping up NAFTA. What impact would that have not only on the Canadian auto sector, but also on the Canadian economy?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Rob, do you have a quick question?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, witnesses.
When I was young, my grandfather was a cattle farmer in southern Ontario and owned five farms. If we look at where we are today and you were telling him what the future could look like, how would you have told him to prepare for the future?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you for that.
I represent New Brunswick Southwest. Over the last four years, in terms of lobbyists and advocates in my office, certainly the Atlantic group of cattlemen have been in, and they would like access to the Crown land in terms of some areas for expansion. What are you thoughts on that?
View Karen Ludwig Profile
Lib. (NB)
In terms of expanding, let's say, the Maritimes' cattle reach, but also even looking at Ontario or even the west, one of the comments you made was on access to labour.
I think about when I was young. My mother came from a family of nine. My father came from a family of 14. There was labour. Whether or not they wanted to work, they we're working.
I'm wondering, when you look forward at expanding the industry, getting more cattle on the ground, and the access to labour in Canada—but also to Mr. DiCaro in terms of international labour—how are we going to grow our labour force to encourage those small farms to continue?
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