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May 21, 2002

Mr. Wayne Easter, M.P.
Chair
Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Mr. Easter:

Pursuant to Standing Order 109 of the House of Commons, I am pleased to respond on behalf of the Government of Canada to the Sixth Report of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, Problems Facing Newfoundland Shrimpers, tabled in the House of Commons on December 12, 2001.

Members of the Committee have provided a number of options for consideration by the government in regard to the problems posed by current market-related factors and, in particular, the high European Union tariffs that apply to shrimp from Canada. These options have been given serious consideration and will help guide the government's future efforts in regard to the tariff issue.

On behalf of the Government of Canada and my colleague, the Minister for International Trade, I would like to thank the members of the Committee for their interest in this important matter and for their suggestions as to ways to advance the trade interests of Canada's Atlantic shrimp industry.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Thibault