Will AAFC change its name to Agriculture and Agri-Food and Fibre Canada?
We appreciate the symbolic nature of adding the word “fibre” to our current departmental name. AAFC is indeed involved in initiatives that go beyond food and feed; however, departmental name changes are a machinery-of-government issue and fall within the purview of the Prime Minister. Question #4 Will AAFC create and Jill a new position in its Market and Industry Services Branch for a flax straw and fibre specialist within six months of having received this report? At the outset, I would note that AAFC is making numerous efforts to increase our knowledge of scientific research and innovation in the area of bioproducts. For example, AAFC is currently implementing our Science aid Innovation Strategy, which was announced in May 2006. The main focus of the Strategy is to maximize research opportunities and breakthroughs by building partnerships between government, the private sector, academia and industry. Bioproducts are identified as a key growth opportunity. The Science and Innovation S