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View Lyne Bessette Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I will be sharing my time with my friend Mr. Blois.
Mr. Gervais, the president of the Sollio cooperative group, spoke recently about the many possibilities offered by technology. Our committee is currently studying business risk management programs.
I'm going to direct my questions to the Quebec Produce Growers Association. I would like to know how technology contributes to risk management in produce businesses.
Are these technologies effective in preventing losses?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. St-Denis. You also answered my second question.
My next question is about the AgriInvest program. Certainly, a lot has been said about it, but what aspects of AgriInvest are currently working for producers and which ones should be improved?
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Lib. (QC)
Perfect. Thank you very much, Mr. St-Denis.
Mr. Blois, it's your turn.
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My question is for the representatives of the Canadian Horticultural Council.
Ghislain Gervais, the president of the Sollio Cooperative Group, recently spoke about the multiple possibilities that technology offers. We know that the situation regarding connectivity infrastructure poses challenges. However, at this time, the government is quickly implementing ways to increase the accessibility of this infrastructure.
How can new technology improve business risk prevention and management in your sector?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
The tourism industry opens our beautiful country to the world by showcasing its culture, its diversity, its natural beauty and its unique experiences. Tourism is an important economic driver and a source of pride. It generates local jobs for many communities across Canada, including in my riding of Brome—Missisquoi.
However, this industry is also one of those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The tourism industry faces unique challenges, and in these exceptional times, we must support it.
Can the minister responsible for tourism tell us more about what the government is doing to support this major industry, which is the livelihood of so many Canadians?
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Lib. (QC)
Minister, I'd like to start by personally thanking you for the wonderful announcement you made yesterday regarding the local food infrastructure fund.
Under the first call for proposals for the fund, you've already helped a large number of local organizations across the country and strengthened local food systems, including in my riding, Brome—Missisquoi. We're actually making an announcement soon.
I've seen the need for such projects, not only to ensure food security, but also to strengthen the capacity of community organizations, which many vulnerable people rely on. The idea is to reduce food waste and distribute food to a vulnerable population in a remote region while promoting a community-based approach. The fund is helping to do that, so I thank you.
Would you mind explaining to the committee what you announced yesterday?
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Lib. (QC)
I see. Thank you very much.
Thank you for launching the second call for proposals. It will go a long way towards helping communities in need, especially during the pandemic.
Now, I'd like you to clarify something, if you would. In the supplementary estimates, you've allocated $75 million to the local food infrastructure fund. Is that in addition to what was already announced, and if so, how will that money be used?
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Lib. (QC)
Excellent. Thank you very much.
The committee recently heard from witnesses in the potato and poultry sectors. They talked about how important the new surplus food purchase program was. Companies in my riding of Brome—Missisquoi have surplus food, especially poultry products, and they are delighted to hear that such a program exists.
Can you explain to the committee why the program is so important to those businesses?
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Lib. (QC)
Very good.
As you just mentioned, the government is investing $50 million in the food surplus purchase program. In buying $50 million worth of unsold food inventories, the government is making huge quantities of food available.
What is the government's plan for redistribution? You touched on it, but many businesses have already contacted me with questions. Is there a timetable for rolling out the program?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My sincere thanks to the witnesses for their presentations. I want to underscore the essential role each and every one of them plays in maintaining the supply chain and food security.
My questions are for the Chicken Farmers of Canada representatives.
Under AgriRecovery, $150 million in new funding is being made available to farmers to help them manage the additional costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In your brief, you indicated that nearly 90% of the costs would be covered.
Can you explain to the committee how AgriRecovery helps farmers?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Laliberté. I have a limited amount of time.
The federal government is open to AgriRecovery applications, but of course, jurisdictional authority has to be respected, since, as you pointed out, the program also depends on the provincial contribution under the federal-provincial framework.
Have you spoken to the provinces about it?
Can you tell us where you're at in those discussions?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you.
In an interconnected world, we know international markets open up multiple opportunities for farmers here. It's important to look after our domestic interests while developing international markets.
In your statement, you underscored the importance of fair compensation, with the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement, or CUSMA, coming into force soon, not to mention the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP.
What should that compensation look like?
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Lib. (QC)
Mr. Chair, in times of crisis, we stick together.
I can state that this is certainly the case in Brome—Missisquoi. In the last weeks, I have been calling volunteer action centres in my constituency so that they can tell me their news.
I would like to take the time that I have to highlight the work that community organizations are doing tirelessly in my constituency. The crisis has made us realize the extent to which food banks and meals-on-wheels can not only relieve hunger, but also relieve thousands of shut-in seniors of their loneliness.
Let me also highlight the devotion of the volunteers giving generously of their time, particularly the initiative of Mabel Hastings in the volunteer aid centre in Mansonville. Like me, she sends out a daily newsletter to keep the public informed about the many resources available for their support.
COVID-19 is bringing out the best in our community and I am certain that, together, we will get through it.
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, Minister. Thank you for joining us this afternoon.
We know how important temporary foreign workers are for our producers. You just talked about the number of temporary foreign workers in the country, but I would like to hear your comments on the challenges related to those temporary foreign workers. What difficulties do those people have to overcome?
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
As we know, every province throughout the country has a different landscape in which the COVID pandemic is having an impact in a unique fashion.
Can you speak to what actions have been taken among the provinces and territories through your department to align our country's response to COVID-19 for temporary foreign workers?
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