Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

December 22, 2006 13:50 ET

AAFC: Ministerial Statement on Consultation With Industry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today issued the following statement on steps to ensure continued close consultation with the agriculture and agri-food industry.

"We are moving into a period of intensive consultation on new agriculture and agri-food policy as well as business risk management (BRM) programs. I have decided to rely more on processes which bring federal, provincial and territorial governments and industry to the same table for discussions as apposed to using federal advisory committees.

"Our consultation approach will include:

- Using new approaches to engage industry, such as the task teams and industry roundtables used to develop the proposed new BRM suite.

- Broad consultations with agriculture stakeholders on the next generation of agriculture and agri-food policy.

- Working with provinces toward an expanded role for the National CAIS Committee (NCC).

"Using this approach is also consistent with the federal government's September 25 commitment on effective spending, which included a review of all advisory bodies.

"As we continue to work jointly with provinces and territories on consultations, we will be winding up operations of the National Safety Nets Advisory Committee (NSNAC). This is a federally appointed committee and does not include representation from provinces. The current members of NSNAC will continue to be engaged in consultations through the NCC and consultations on the next generation of agriculture and agri-food policy.

"The NSNAC has played a significant role in providing Canada's New Government with advice as we move toward developing a new suite of BRM programs. I would like to thank members for their contribution and I encourage individual NSNAC members to be involved in upcoming consultations."

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary