The Senate convenes to consider Bill C-16, the federal government’s legislation that would increase the borrowing limit of the Canadian Dairy Commission. The measure is intended to allow the commission to increase its bulk purchases of surplus butter and cheese from farmers whose products have gone unsold during the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic. The House of Commons adopted the bill at all stages during its special sitting on May 13.
Sitting as a committee of the whole, senators question Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, and France Pégeot, executive vice-president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, on the legislation.
Senators also sit as a committee of the whole to question Karen Hogan, the government’s nominee for auditor general of Canada.