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Agricultural Policy Framework

Mr. Gérard Binet (Frontenac—Mégantic, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, certain provinces appear to be ready to sign implementation agreements for the agricultural policy framework.

Can the parliamentary secretary provide the House with the latest news regarding the implementation of the agricultural policy framework?

Mr. Claude Duplain (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the member for Frontenac—Mégantic has raised a very relevant question, since Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province to sign an agreement with the Government of Canada to implement the agricultural policy framework.

The federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Minister of Forest Resources and Agrifoods for Newfoundland and Labrador signed this agreement, and made the announcement this morning.

Congratulations to Newfoundland and Labrador. We are confident that we will be signing other agreements with other provinces in the very near future.