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Lib. (PE)
Thank you, Chair.
My question is to the president of CFIA. It's for clarification. There's been some confusion.
On November 21, when the Canadian minister issued a statement that Canada would voluntarily suspend certificates to cross the border, was that the only measure taken at that time, or did the American government act at the same time, Ms. Mithani?
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Lib. (PE)
David or Ms. Mithani, what did the U.S. government order its border security to do?
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Lib. (PE)
Then the minister's decision really had no impact on that. The U.S. decided to close its border on November 22. Am I correct?
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Lib. (PE)
Well, thank you for explaining that. Some people have been playing loose and fast with the fact that the minister simply moved arbitrarily and that she could change her mind and the border would reopen. It's important for the committee to understand that the U.S. government closed the border at the same time.
Ms. Mithani, over the past number of years, in 2000 and 2015, in all the incidents that occurred involving P.E.I. potatoes, did CFIA follow the same science-based process to resolve those disputes and open the market?
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Lib. (PE)
The process you're using today is the same process you used in all the incidents in the past.
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Lib. (PE)
Suffice it to say that CFIA does not take political direction on how to deal with science on these issues.
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Lib. (PE)
Okay. It's important to do that.
Is the management plan that was in put in place, the one that we're referring to, solely a CFIA document? How is the management plan developed? Could you expand on that? Is it developed in concert with the Government of P.E.I. and the potato marketing board, or is it solely a CFIA document?
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Lib. (PE)
Mr. Bailey, it is important for this committee to understand that this is not a document of CFIA in relation to the assumption that CFIA totally controls it. It is a management tool prepared by the industry, CFIA and the Government of P.E.I. Thank you.
Ms. Mithani, could you explain the difference between a federal order versus a ministerial one? If Minister Bibeau had not acted, what would be the implications of a federal order? This is for you first, and then I will go to the province for a quick comment. Which would have had the most negative impact on the P.E.I. potato industry?
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Lib. (PE)
That's a federal U.S. order.
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Lib. (PE)
A federal order from the U.S. would have had long-term negative consequences for the P.E.I. potato industry. Am I correct in assuming that?
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Lib. (PE)
Mr. Matheson, could you comment briefly on what the province would have risked in a federal order versus the CFIA voluntarily suspending?
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Lib. (PE)
Okay. That's understandable. I understand that you can't comment.
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Lib. (PE)
Thank you, Chair.
Mr. Rosser, going back to the $28 million, this is on top of the $10 million that's been announced by the Government of Prince Edward Island. Is that correct?
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Lib. (PE)
In your opening statement, you said that this is, to use your words, the “first tranche” of federal support. Did I correctly interpret you?
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Lib. (PE)
At the present time, then, there's $38 million on the table. It's been identified preliminarily as a $60-million issue, or that it could become that, but $38 million is currently available to producers. It's important to know that this is to producers.
I want to go to Mr. Donald briefly, because in an earlier question from one of the committee members, you referenced the Netherlands and the protocols that are put in place in the Netherlands. They ship all over the world. Do the Netherlands, as part of their risk management tool, take potato land out of production if it's detected to have potato wart?
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