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View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Minister, in my discussions with the farmers in my region and those in Quebec, I have noticed that, for the industries where supply management is a factor, it is critical that it remain in place. As you know, the system provides the stability and predictability that allows producers to invest back into their farms and to stimulate innovation. Compared to other systems, supply management helps big and small producers alike.
As a consequence, Mr. Minister, in a constituency like mine, or like my neighbour's, Ruth Ellen Brosseau, supply management fosters economic prosperity and job creation. In Quebec, almost 9,000 farms, more than 62,000 jobs, and 37% of farm income as a minimum are affected by supply management. Supply management works, and it is vital to the well-being of agriculture in Quebec and in Canada. It also allows all Quebeckers and all Canadians to have high-quality products on their shelves while costing the public purse nothing.
In that context, Mr. Minister, can you reaffirm your unwavering support for supply management today and keep the promise made in the Speech from the Throne?
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
According to the 2015-2016 Report on Plans and Priorities, some sub-programs are entirely funded by Growing Forward 2 while others come from departmental resources in addition to the resources from Growing Forward 2.
Could one of you tell us how much will be spent in total in 2015-2016 for Growing Forward 2?
Can that amount be broken down by sub-program?
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay.
Do I have any time left?
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Godin, thank you for being here today.
I am pleased to see you again. We met a few weeks ago in Joliette at a round table on microbreweries. I was there with my colleague from Berthier—Maskinongé. We had some very good discussions during the event.
You said that the measures adopted in the early 1990s favoured interprovincial trade. Could you explain how that happened?
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
In your presentation, you said that 120 businesses had been created. How many jobs did that create? One hundred and twenty is a pretty big number.
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
That's very good because, as I just said, small businesses and SMEs create jobs in our region.
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
Indeed. Of course, they also help businesses in our regions operate.
You mentioned the new economy for brewers and inequalities in the legal patchwork. Could you expand on that?
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
I will ask my two questions now.
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
Let's talk about the inequalities in the legal patchwork.
View Francine Raynault Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My question is for either witness. Both can answer if they wish to provide different information.
You have spoken at length about interprovincial barriers. Have you already determined the economic impact of these barriers on your industry?
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