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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, perhaps I may begin by welcoming our new committee member to our committee. I'm very much looking forward to working with him.
If I might very respectfully suggest that we move these discussions into our normal business meeting, I also have another item to raise, on behalf of a pregnant colleague of his. But perhaps we might shunt these discussions over to our business meeting?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you. It's a pleasure to have all of you here. Thank you so much for joining us.
Could you revisit your testimony for me? On the one hand, obviously, as you can imagine, we are deeply concerned—I myself as a mom and as a consumer—about what it is we put on the table and about what we put on the table in the most cost-effective manner possible. But I'm far more concerned about some of your other items: how we can ensure that the safety of what we put on the table is assured, and what more we could be doing to ensure that safety.
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Lib. (ON)
Could you walk me through that? Let's say that something is coming forward and that as consumers we'd like to put some concerns on the table. What happens at that point, and what recourse is there? What is the feedback mechanism at that point?
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Bennett, I don't want to have you lose your train of thought, because I would very much like you to continue responding to that question. But my understanding is that in southern Ontario it was limited to a few farms, and as the ministries and folks worked with farmers, they changed the way in which their properties received the pesticides. Part of it was in the mechanisms by which they delivered the pesticides; part of it was the over-spraying into surrounding areas; part of it was due to the wind direction. I received a litany of rationales, frankly, as to why it had spread beyond the particular farms that were supposed to be using the neonics.
My understanding is that at this point, after working with the farmers, after educating the community, the incidence of this type of over-spraying and its impacts has been decreased by more than 70%.
Is that your understanding at this point?
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Lib. (ON)
I think that's the critical issue for you.
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Bennett, how recent is that information?
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Lib. (ON)
Yes. When you say it shouldn't be getting in there, is that as of last year? Is that as of two years ago? Is it current?
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Lib. (ON)
So currently you're aware of a study in which they have sampled the groundwater? Or what is it they are sampling that brings you to this conclusion?
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Lib. (ON)
I suppose I'm a little bit concerned because I have received reports saying that in fact, as a result of undertaking mitigation, things have dramatically changed, certainly in southern Ontario—the number that has been stated to me is “decreased by 70%”—and that things are well on their way. So it's very disconcerting to have you come before this committee and share something that indicates that this may not be the case.
I will follow up. If you have further information, I'm happy to receive it.
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Lib. (ON)
On a point of order—and Mr. Rankin, this is not to encumber your time, but just so you're aware—we're required by statute to conduct the statutory review of this legislation. This will come forward over and over again. That's not to say that we ought not to perhaps have an independent third party review, as you may be suggesting, but just so you're aware, that's why this is before us today at committee.
Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
Thank you again for appearing before us. You've certainly provided very considered remarks, especially when you say that in broad strokes the legislation seems to be working quite well but you have a number of very considered suggestions to go forward.
Could you point me to perhaps another authority, another jurisdiction, another country, that does this really well and that we ought to be emulating? Who would you say is generally the leader on this internationally?
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Lib. (ON)
Is that the issue here? From what I've heard today, it's not about the original registration; it's when subsequently concerns are raised, and we look then.
How does a jurisdiction like the EU deal with something that they've already registered? How are they periodically reviewing and revisiting and testing that in fact their original conclusions are still sound, are still in the best interests of their population?
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Lib. (ON)
I suppose that's the issue that stands before us today, especially with something like neonics, where let us agree to disagree and simply say that they met every standard that was required when they were first registered. How do we then document and cause, or trigger, a test so that they need to be reviewed again so that—
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Lib. (ON)
I appreciate that, but I want to come up with the most perfect system here. There will be others that come before us over time. Let us suspend disbelief for a moment and say that something comes before us, it meets the standard of the day, but of course with time, 20 years thereafter, it no longer meets the standard.
I say this as someone who sat on a corporate board and 40 years prior, long before I was ever born, someone had decided that they were going to use arsenic as a weed control mechanism. I was then faced, on a corporate board, with deciding how to go about remediating the lands, how to go about notifying the surrounding neighbours, how to actually invest and repair.
This is about creating wonderful public policy going forward. Let us say that decisions were made imperfectly at the time. What jurisdiction ought we look to for the clearest feedback mechanism so that we can improve over time?
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Lib. (ON)
Okay.
Is there anything further you'd like to share with us at this point? I find the issues you're raising rather considered. Is there anything else we should be aware of; any other best standards out there?
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