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View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
I call the meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 11 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food.
I'll outline a few rules to follow.
Interpretation in this video conference will work very much like a regular committee meeting. You have the choice at the bottom of your screen of either “Floor”, “English” or “French”. When you intervene, please make sure that your language channel is set to the language you wish to speak, not “Floor”. This is very important. It will reduce the number of times we need to stop because the interpretation is inaudible for our participants. It will maximize the time we spend exchanging with each other.
Witnesses, could you let us know with a nod or a wave of your hand that you understand how this all works?
Great. It will work fine.
Also, before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. When you're ready to speak, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike.
Finally, make sure that your microphone is muted when you are not talking.
We are now ready to begin. I want to welcome our witnesses, especially the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino.
Welcome, Minister. We are very glad that you are taking the time to appear before our committee.
Mr. Minister, without further ado, we'll give you seven minutes to give us an opening statement on whatever the topic is. Today we're interested in temporary foreign workers, but also human resources on farms in general.
Go ahead, Mr. Minister. The floor is yours for seven minutes. Thank you.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you very much, Minister, for your opening statement.
Before I go any further, I just wanted to also mention the personnel from the immigration department. We have Marian Campbell Jarvis, assistant deputy minister, strategic and program policy; Louis Dumas, acting associate assistant deputy minister, operations; and Matt de Vlieger, director general, immigration.
From the Department of Employment and Social Development, we also have Jonathan Wallace, director general, temporary foreign worker program.
Welcome to all of you. You will remain for the second hour, I understand, to answer further questions.
With that, we shall commence our question round. We'll start with Ms. Lianne Rood, for up to six minutes. Go ahead.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Minister.
We'll go to Mr. Drouin for the next six minutes.
Go ahead, Mr. Drouin.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Francis. We had a few seconds, but I went a little bit extra on Ms. Rood.
Colleagues, I don't know if you're timing your time, but when we get close to 30 seconds, I may tell you that you have to cut your questions because it will take time from somebody else down the line. It's just to remind you.
I now give the floor to Mr. Perron.
Mr. Perron, you have the floor for six minutes.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Perron.
Now we have Mr. MacGregor for up to six minutes.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Minister.
Thank you, Mr. MacGregor.
We will now begin the second round of questions.
Mr. Lehoux, go ahead for five minutes.
We cannot hear Mr. Lehoux. So we will give the floor to Ms. Bessette and will then come back to Mr. Lehoux.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Mr. Minister.
Thank you, Lyne.
I believe Mr. Lehoux is still having technical problems.
We will go to Mr. Barlow, and I would ask if you could submit somebody else from your party, Mr. Barlow, in case Mr. Lehoux can't join.
Go ahead, Mr. Barlow, for five minutes.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Barlow, just to let you know, Mr. Lehoux is back. Do you want me to switch and then come back to you?
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Mr. Lehoux, if you are ready, I give you the floor for three minutes.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Now you have five minutes of your own time, John, or you can split it whichever way you want. I'll leave it to your discretion whether you want to continue with Mr. Lehoux or get your five minutes.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
You have 15 seconds. It would be a very quick one, if you have one.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you, Minister, and Monsieur Lehoux.
Now we'll go to Mr. Ellis for five minutes and that will be our final question.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
Thank you. I have more of a statement.
Being the only MP from New Brunswick and also being a producer, I don't have temporary foreign workers. As most of you may know, New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that has not allowed temporary foreign workers to come in. Today the premier has said that's starting next Friday, but as you can imagine, there is another 14 days after next Friday.
There's already been some damage. I spoke to producers as late as yesterday. For example, there's a disconnect between the farming community and the general public. They think that anybody off the street can walk in and have the skills that are needed on a farm. These are highly skilled workers whom you can absolutely not replace overnight. One farmer was telling me he's hired two. One came in, he got him on the tractor and he ripped the side of the service truck with the mower.
I want to highlight the need to try to connect more with the general public that these are highly skilled workers. We definitely need them. Some of the farmers experienced some crop loss. Some never seeded. I wanted to highlight that.
I don't know, Mr. Minister, if you want to comment on that. It's affected our producers. It's a disadvantage to all the rest of Canada. Thank you.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
On that, I'll thank you, Mr. Minister. We stretched your hour a little, but we really appreciate your coming here and having this conversation with all our MPs.
On that, we'll continue the second hour with the officials. We'll take five minutes, so if you want you can set your timer for five minutes. We'll be right back.
Again, thank you all. We'll see you in five. I will suspend for five minutes.
View Pat Finnigan Profile
Lib. (NB)
We shall resume the meeting.
We'll start the questioning of the panel. You may want to direct your questions.
Again, with us from Citizenship and Immigration, we have Marian Campbell Jarvis, assistant deputy minister; Louis Dumas, acting associate assistant deputy minister; Matt de Vlieger, director general; and Jonathan Wallace from the Department of Employment and Social Development.
We will continue our round now with the Bloc, Madam Caroline Desbiens.
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