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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, 08 December 2022

Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

December 3 – Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy to support growth and prosperity for the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food met with agriculture stakeholders at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, to discuss the Government of Canada’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy (IPS). With $31.8 million earmarked in dedicated funding, this new office will enable Canada to engage with stakeholders, regulatory counterparts, and policy decision-makers to deepen partnerships with Indo-Pacific economies that value sustained, meaningful relationships, collaboration and the sharing of expertise. For more information, click here.

November 24 – Governments Strengthen Biosecurity at Ontario Poultry Operations.  The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1.5 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help eligible non-supply-managed poultry operations and related agri-businesses increase biosecurity efforts to reduce the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza. For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

November 18 – Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.) announces the creation of an Indo-Pacific office for agriculture and agri-food.

November 22 – Sen. Donald Neil Plett (Leader of the Opposition) asks when potato farmers in Prince Edward Island will be given a plan with actionable steps to ensure the restoration of market access since the export ban on P.E.I. potatoes.

November 23 – MP Karen Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London, CPC) suggests that the government axe the carbon tax and make Canada’s food security a priority.

December 1 – Sen. Robert Black highlights the United Nations World Soil Day, which takes place every year on December 5. This year’s theme was ‘Soils: where food begins’.

December 7 – MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings—Lennox and Addington, CPC) discusses the 2022 “Food Price Report”, and suggests that government takes action to help lower the cost of food in Canada.

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Government Announcements

COVID-19 Financial support for farmers and food processors.

November 17 – Supply-managed sectors to receive compensation for the impacts of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). While visiting the Gay Lea dairy processing facility, the Member of Parliament for Guelph on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide compensation for supply-managed sectors for the impacts of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement. Dairy, poultry and egg processors and producers are expected to share more than $1.7 billion in direct payments and investment programs. For more information, click here.

November 23 – Canadian Grain Commission extends Harvest Sample Program deadline. A later harvest across much of the Prairies this year may have grain growers wondering how the quality of their grain has been affected. The Canadian Grain Commission recognizes that producers may need more time to participate this year and has extended the deadline of its Harvest Sample Program to December 30, 2022.  For more information, click here.

House of Commons and Senate Proceedings

Government Orders

November 17 – During debate on the Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022, MP John Barlow (Foothills, CPC) discussed the impact of taxation on the agriculture industry.

November 21 – During debate on the Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022, MP Rosemarie Falk (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC) accused the government of destroying the viability of our agricultural sector through carbon taxation.

Adjournment Proceedings

November 17 – MP Michael Kram (Regina—Wascana, CPC) opened up debate to follow up on the Liberal government’s proposed fertilizer policy.

Statements by Members

November 23 – MP Karen Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London, CPC) made a statement on the potential impact of the carbon tax on food security.

Routine Proceedings

November 23 – MP Kody Blois (Kings—Hants, Lib.) presented the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in relation to Bill C‑234, an act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

Committees:

The House Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food met for a briefing on food price inflation and to discuss Bill S-227, an Act to establish Food Day in Canada.

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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