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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 92
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 8:49 a.m. to 10:46 a.m.
In Camera
James Maloney, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Mohamed Zakzouk, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That a proposed budget in the amount of $ 29,400, for the study of current state and future of national energy data, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the proposed description for the study on the current state and future of national energy data be adopted and published on the Committee’s website.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, October 23, 2017, the Committee resumed its study of secondary supply chain products in the forestry sector in Canada.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

It was agreed, — That the draft report, as amended, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: "Value-added products in Canada's Forest Sector: Cultivating Innovation for a Competitive bioeconomy".

It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and Analyst be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.

At 9:05 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:08 a.m., the sitting resumed in public.

Statistics Canada
• René Beaudoin, Assistant Director, Environment, Energy and Transportation Statistics Division
• Greg Peterson, Director General, Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Transportation Statistics
National Energy Board
• Abha Bhargava, Director, Energy Integration
• Jim Fox, Vice-President, Integrated Energy Information and Analysis
Department of the Environment
• Jacqueline Gonçalves, Director General, Science and Risk Assessment
• Derek Hermanutz, Director General, Economic Analysis Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch
Department of Natural Resources
• Drew Leyburne, Director General, Strategic Policy Branch, Strategic Policy and Results Sector
• Laura Oleson, Director General, Energy Policy Branch, Energy Sector
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and the motion adopted by the Committee on Monday, December 11, 2017, the Committee resumed its study on the current state and future of national energy data.

Laura Oleson and Jim Fox made statements and, with Drew Leyburne and Abha Bhargava, answered questions.

Shannon Stubbs gave oral notice of the following motion:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee immediately undertake a study to find solutions to the obstacles facing the approved Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion; that the Committee consider factors such as: (a) the May 31st deadline issued by the proponent, (b) the potential economic, socioeconomic, investment, and government revenue losses, and impacts on market access for Canadian oil, related to the potential cancelation, especially on Indigenous communities, (c) municipal, provincial, and federal jurisdiction as it relates to the project, (d) potential points of leverage between the federal and provincial governments, (e) potential fiscal, constitutional and legal solutions; that the first meeting take place no later than May 3rd, 2018; and that all meetings be televised where possible; and that the Committee report its findings to the House.

Questioning of the witnesses resumed.

At 9:47 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:50 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Jacqueline Gonçalves, Derek Hermanutz and Greg Peterson made statements and, with René Beaudoin, answered questions.

At 10:46 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Marc-Olivier Girard
Clerk of the Committee