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2002-03-21 9:15
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Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
My name is Rick Borotsik. I'm the member of Parliament from Brandon--Souris, in the southwest part of the province of Manitoba. I'm the ag critic for the Progressive Conservative Party. I was elected in 1997 and have been on this committee since then, sharing it with my colleagues from all sides of the House.
I'm very happy to be here in the province of New Brunswick. I have a lot of good friends here, a lot of good friends in your caucus.
Rodney, it's nice to have you here, Mr. Minister. Certainly I'm prepared to work with the ministers provincially to try to achieve better for all of agriculture in Canada.
Thank you.
The Chair: Rose-Marie.
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2002-03-21 9:55
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Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you, Mr. Minister, for being here. I really appreciate it.
I enjoyed your priority list, but one of the things we heard yesterday from some of the potato producers was a concern with respect to the federal cost recovery program, particularly with their export certificates. I notice you export a lot from New Brunswick, potatoes particularly.
This is sort of a think-tank we have here right now in terms of where policy should be struck at the federal level. The federal government in its wisdom decided that they wanted to try to recover the majority of costs from the producer. Do you think it's necessary now to go back and rethink that policy, and perhaps have the federal government recover less of those costs from the producer? We know we've had some reduction in levels of funding from the federal government, and this would be one way of putting dollars back into the pockets of producers. Have you talked about that at all...from your ministers?
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2002-03-21 9:55
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So if we went back with a recommendation that perhaps the ministry should rethink the levels, if nothing else for the cost recovery, I'm sure we could count on New Brunswick's support.
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2002-03-21 9:55
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Or the municipalities. I'm sorry the mayor left.
You mentioned in your priority list the bio-economy. I really appreciate that. As you're aware, the federal government too has a lot of support for the bio-economy. You talked about potato genomics. We have a problem with that. We had a potato that obviously had some genetic manipulation to it, and now we have some difficulty with consumers.
Does the Province of New Brunswick have any plans in place as to how the consumer can be brought into the process, can be better educated? If you have a lot of your future depending on that, how do you see getting their approval, if you will, of this GMO product, which we hope to be able to develop, here in New Brunswick?
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Mr. Gartley, I appreciate all of that, and I think you'd get support around this table. Some of your future depends on the biotech. What kind of a plan do you have in place to make sure the consumer does support this? Do you have any kind of education plan as part of the project?
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2002-03-21 9:55
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No, no, we've just begun, unfortunately.
Last question, 30 seconds...?
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2002-03-21 11:25
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Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
It never ceases to amaze me; we've had a lot of these sessions, and we hear new ideas at every one of them. I do appreciate the presenters.
Just as an editorial comment, we've heard about the 1% food tax since we started. I firmly believe there should be support for agriculture, but I firmly believe as well that it should be a societal support that comes from general revenue, not a food tax. We used to have that. It was cut back. Now maybe we can get back to some reasonable levels.
We also have a 4% excise tax on gasoline that was supposed to go to roads. It now goes to general revenue. So I would be very concerned about grabbing this tax to general revenue. That's just my editorial comment.
One of the things we did hear today that was different had to do with tax credits. Both Hannah and Ben talked about them.
In fact, Hannah, your comment was “tax credits for certain activities”. I'd like you to expand on that, if you could, please, because this is setting policy, government taxation policy.
Ben, you talked about an investment tax credit.
Could you sort of expand on both of those, briefly? I have one other question as well.
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2002-03-21 11:25
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They have that now. There is a business--
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Okay.
Hannah.
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2002-03-21 11:25
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It's a discussion point.
Jack, you said in your presentation today that you would like to see those interprovincial trade barriers maintained in your particular business. Right now governments, both federal and provincial, are trying to knock down those barriers. Is it just your industry in which we should maintain that protection? Or should we protect interprovincial trade barriers for all industries?
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2002-03-21 11:25
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But in general would you agree that the interprovincial trade barrier should come down?
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Thank you.
Ram, are there any jurisdictions that have gotten rid of those boxes or that have more flexible boxes? Are there any other jurisdictions that will allow the industrial production and manufacturing of your product?
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2002-03-21 11:30
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So we would be cultivating new ground, then, if we went into this area.
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And that is not unnecessary. I think, again, we're trying to open our minds here. We talk about biotech, we talk about being a centre of excellence into the new life sciences. I think, and I'm not going to put words in your mouth, we have to sort of get out of that box of our thinking in order to accommodate some of these new biotech developments, particularly the one that we see with yourself now.
Would you agree that in order for us to be the world leaders we have to do things differently from what we've done in the past?
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Patton, you talked very briefly about set-asides in the potato industry, in your industry. There was a program in New Brunswick not that long ago where they actually encouraged the clearing of land to put in more potato land. How can you talk a set-aside program on the one hand and a program for clearing land on the other?
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