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View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2023-01-26 14:19
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to thank the witnesses for being with us this afternoon.
I'd like more than one organization to answer my first question.
This isn't the first time these issues have come up. This situation happens year after year. We're talking about models used abroad, especially in Europe.
In your opinion, why are we still questioning the reasons for which changes haven't been made? What's keeping things from moving forward?
Is there a lack of interest or willingness on anyone's part, anywhere, to protect travellers and the public?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2023-01-26 14:22
Mr. Lukács, would you like to comment?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
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2023-01-26 14:22
Thank you.
Mr. Hayman, would you like to add something?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2023-01-26 14:23
Earlier, in response to a number of questions from my colleagues, you talked about the minister's and cabinet's authority to make changes, and to do so in a very short period of time, since the March break and new situations are around the corner.
In your opinion, if the minister really wants to, is there anything he can do to ensure that the disastrous situations that occurred over the holidays don't happen again?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2023-01-26 14:24
Mr. Chair, how much time do I have left?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2023-01-26 14:24
Thank you.
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2022-12-14 16:33
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Was the letter inviting the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to appear before the committee sent? If so, have we received a response?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2022-12-14 16:35
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I hope our committee will be the first one he attends.
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2022-12-14 16:40
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and I would like to comment on that.
We can wait until the analysts propose recommendations, but we're looking at a fait accompli. A decision has been made.
What I did in my office was draft a letter in both languages. I'd like us to write to both the Minister of Finance, Ms. Freeland, and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Ms. Bibeau, about the fact that export certificates for Ukrainian products were issued the day after we finished our study. Rather than use some choice words, I'll just say that came as a big surprise. Maybe I'm just too new to House committees, but I think the purpose of this kind of committee is to gather information and take all the factors into consideration.
The letter we wrote contains some recommendations, although they're not major because this is a fait accompli. Export certificates have already been issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. I'm going to table the letter anyway, and I hope it will be forwarded to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food as soon as possible.
I realize this can also be done when we come back at the end of January, but we really need to work on this right away when it's fresh in everyone's mind. We heard from witnesses at the end of November, which was less than two weeks ago.
I can provide copies of the letter to the clerk. I don't know if you want to take a look at it and talk about it, but the committee should express its point of view to both ministers.
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
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2022-12-14 16:49
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
With all due respect for my colleague, Mr. Drouin, and all partisanship aside, I'd also like us to recognize and respect this committee's work.
I am here as a member, yes, but I also represent the ag industry, which is clearly the target here. We've heard some very clear testimony, including from the Department of Finance, about how there's been no analysis of the consequences that the government's decision could have.
I certainly understand how the committee works. However, I want the committee to know that I think the way this file was handled is a bit strange. We took the time to bring witnesses in and listen to them, and other people should have done the same.
None of that will prevent me from sending the letter. I'm very aware of that. However, when you read it, Mr. Drouin, you'll see that there's nothing particularly partisan in it.
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CPC (QC)
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2022-12-07 17:05
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Hello, Minister. Thank you for being with us this afternoon.
You are certainly aware that the committee discussed imports of Ukrainian poultry products last week. My colleague mentioned it earlier. Why did you decide to issue an import permit?
Earlier, you told my colleague Mr. Barlow that in another sector where the issue was genetics, you wanted to take more time. In the case of Ukrainian chicken, all of the witnesses who appeared last week expressed a great deal of concern. Why was more time not taken to properly assess the scope of this entire question? Why did you act faster than in the case raised by my colleague?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
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2022-12-07 17:07
You talk about respect for the members of the committee and the work they do, but that bothers me a bit, Minister. You only had to wait just a few days.
Some very interesting questions were raised last week, anyway. The committee was getting ready to write a letter, and you could at least have waited for it to do that, even if it did not contain any large-scale recommendations. I care about this situation because it raises the issue of the respect shown for bodies like our committee.
Reference was made to the Minister having held a consultation on the issues discussed last week, but the stakeholders were not consulted. As we know, predictability is important for the people whose production is under supply management. Why were they not rapidly consulted?
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CPC (QC)
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2022-12-07 17:08
Yes, it was not as broad a consultation as you would have liked, but it would still have been appropriate to communicate with those people.
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Lehoux Profile
2022-12-07 17:08
Based on the testimony heard last week, I would say that there was no communication with a majority of them. It would have been worthwhile for the key witnesses to be consulted.
That brings me to the question of supply management. You say you are protecting it. In your statement, you mentioned money that has been put on the table. However, I am having trouble reconciling your saying that you are protecting supply management and the fact that compensation is being given for the concessions granted to foreign products that will be competing with ours.
At the beginning of the summer of 2022, you said there would be no more such concessions. In the case of the Ukrainian chicken, I want to believe that this opening of our markets will last only one year, but we have to understand that its effects will be felt here for more than one year, two years even, given that we are talking about frozen products.
When you say you want to protect supply management, are those just empty words, Minister?
View Richard Lehoux Profile
CPC (QC)
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2022-12-07 17:09
Right.
The representatives of the Department of Finance who met with us last week told us that they may have acted precipitously. I thought it was interesting that they suggested that. You, however, do not seem to think that it was done precipitously.
Do you believe the way you did things was entirely proper?
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