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AIC’s Parliamentary Updates brings you weekly summaries and analysis of what’s happening on Parliament Hill that is relevant to the agriculture and agricultural research community.

Thursday, 24 June 2022

Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

June 16 – Minister Bibeau announces Food Waste Reduction Challenge finalists for the Business Models Streams. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced the 12 finalists of the Business Models Streams for the Food Waste Reduction Challenge. The Challenge, launched in November 2020, aims to deliver high-impact solutions to food waste in Canada. For more information, click here.

Backgrounder

June 17 – Government of Canada announces reappointments to the Farm Products Council of Canada. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced three reappointments to the Farm Products Council of Canada. For more information, click here.

June 22 – Ottawa and Quebec provide nearly $2 million in funding to stimulate research in the greenhouse sector. The federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region jointly announced $1,956,876 in funding to Université Laval and the École de technologie supérieure to support research in the greenhouse sector in Quebec. The investment will help establish two research and teaching chairs at Université Laval and develop a new greenhouse model, specific to Quebec, with sustainable materials, by the École de technologie supérieure. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

Routine Proceedings

June 16 – MP Mr. Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, CPC) tabled a petition regarding the cost of the carbon tax on farmers and ranchers.

Government Orders

June 16 – There was a debate on global food insecurity, during which several MPs made statements about agriculture. The Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan (Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, Lib.) discussed the need to invest in global agriculture. MP John Barlow (Foothills, CPC) argued Canadian agriculture has an important role to play that is being hampered by the carbon tax.

Statements by Members

June 20 – MP Leslyn Lewis (Haldimand—Norfolk, CPC) made a statement on the impact of the carbon tax on Canadian agriculture.

June 21 – MP Larry Maguire (Brandon—Souris, CPC) made a statement paying tribute to Westman’s farmers and ranchers.

Adjournment Proceedings

June 20 – MP Jeremy Patzer (Cypress Hills—Grasslands, CPC) argued that government policies on the fertilizer tariffs and carbon tax are hurting farmers.

Committees:

The House Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met for a study on the micro-cultivation of cannabis and cultivation of hemp.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met to discuss Bill S-236, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Employment Insurance Regulations (Prince Edward Island).

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Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

June 9 – Government of Canada invests over $2.7 million to grow agri-food exports. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, speaking by video to the annual meeting of Group Export Agri-Food Québec-Canada, announced an investment of up to $2,731,384 over two years for the organization to help Canadian exporters increase the value of agriculture and agri-food exports. With funding under the AgriMarketing Program, the organization will undertake market development activities to meet the needs of Canadian food exporters, from those just starting out to more experienced exporters who want to consolidate their markets or discover potential markets that will increase the value of agri-food exports internationally. For more information, click here.

June 10 – Government of Canada invests nearly $2 million to help food processors and agri businesses accelerate adoption of clean technologies. On behalf of the Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, the Member of Parliament for Guelph announced an investment of nearly $2 million for Bioenterprise Canada to deliver the FoodShift program; a green initiative that will help southern Ontario agri-business and food processers adopt net-zero technologies. The project will connect agri-business and food processors looking to adopt clean technologies with cleantech entrepreneurs developing technologies that are ready for market. For more information, click here.

June 14 – Governments of Canada and Manitoba announce funding to support upcoming season of great tastes of Manitoba. Great Tastes of Manitoba (GTOM) will receive $60,000 through the Ag Action Manitoba program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership toward the production of Season 33 of its television series, the federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister and Manitoba Agriculture Minister announced. GTOM is a television series that showcases the foods produced by Manitoba farmers. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

Statements by Members

June 9 – MP Joël Godin (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier, CPC) made a statement praising the farmers’ markers in his riding.

June 15 – MP Francis Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Lib.) made a statement welcoming the return of festivals and agricultural fairs in his riding.

Adjournment Proceedings
June 9 – MP Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, CPC) discussed inconsistencies in CORCAN’s plan to rebuild the dairy herd at Joyceville and Collins Bay institutions.

Routine Proceedings

June 13 – MP Luc Thériault (Montcalm, BQ) moved for leave to introduce Bill C‑282, An Act to amend the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Act (supply management), describing the agri-food sector’s need for this amendment.

Government Orders

June 14 – During consideration of Bill C-5, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, MP Mark Gerretsen (Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (Senate), Lib.) stressed the value of prison farms in rehabilitation.

Senators’ Statements

June 9 – The Hon. Robert Black made a statement highlighting the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization in light of the war in Ukraine.

Routine Proceedings

June 9 – The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry presented its fourth report, a study on the status of soil health in Canada and requested funds to travel.

Committees:

The House Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met for a study on global food insecurity and to discuss Bill C-234, An Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry met to discuss Bill S-236, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Employment Insurance Regulations (Prince Edward Island).

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