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View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:14
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I'll call the meeting to order. Welcome to meeting number two of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. The committee is meeting today to discuss committee business.
The meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to the House order of September 23, 2020. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. So that you're aware, the webcast will always show the person speaking, rather than the entirety of the committee. To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
Members may speak in the official language of their choice. Interpretation services are available for this meeting. You have the choice at the bottom of your screen of “floor”, “English” or “French”. For members participating in person, proceed as you usually would when the whole committee is meeting in person in a committee room. Keep in mind the directives from the Board of Internal Economy regarding masking and health protocols.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you're on the video conference, please click on the microphone icon to unmute your mike. For those in the room, your microphone will be controlled as normal by the proceedings and verification officer. I have a reminder that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute. With regard to a speaking list, the committee clerk and I will do the best we can to maintain a consolidated order of speaking for all members, whether they are participating virtually or in person.
The discussion is on the amendment of Ms. Collins to add the word “vehicles” after the words “zero-emission” in the motion of Madame Pauzé.
Mr. Baker, I believe you had the floor when we finished our last meeting.
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View Yvan Baker Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:16
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Thank you, Chair. I have no further comment.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:16
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Okay.
Madam Collins, you had your hand up.
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-19 16:16
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I spoke to Mr. Schiefke, who has an amendment that would cover my amendment and add something else, so I'd like to propose that we discard this amendment and move on to his.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:17
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Go ahead, Mr. Schiefke.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much, Ms. Collins.
Madam Chair, I have two amendments that I'd like to put forward on the motion put forward by Madame Pauzé, which read as follow:
First, between “the committee examine” and “that a report”, I would add “further measures that could be taken to incentivize the production and purchase of zero-emission vehicles, including a zero-emission vehicle law”.
Second, after “that four meetings be devoted to it”, I would add “starting at the next meeting of this committee with the appearance of Environment and Climate Change Canada officials and other relevant officials and stakeholders”.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:17
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Mr. Schiefke, the interpreter does not have your text. Could you go slowly so she can interpret it?
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Of course, Madam Chair.
Would you like me to start at the beginning of the first part of it?
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:18
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I guess so. I don't know which points she didn't get for translation.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Madam Chair, I want to move two amendments.
First, between “the committee examine” and “that a report”, I would add “further measures that could be taken to incentivize the production and purchase of zero-emission vehicles, including a zero-emission vehicle law”.
Second, after “that four meetings be devoted to it”, I would add “starting at the next meeting of this committee with the appearance of Environment and Climate Change Canada officials and other relevant officials and stakeholders”.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:19
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Madame Pauzé, that's the amendment that has been made. Do we have any debate on it? Are there any questions?
Yes, Mr. Jeneroux, just one second.
Alexandre, is anybody sitting there physically with you who raised their hand before Mr. Jeneroux? If they did, I apologize, but I am letting Mr. Jeneroux go first.
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Alexandre Roger
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Alexandre Roger
2020-10-19 16:20
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No, that's fine, Madam Chair. No one here in the room wishes to speak, but I will keep an eye open for them.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:20
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Thank you.
Mr. Jeneroux, the floor is yours.
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View Matt Jeneroux Profile
CPC (AB)
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2020-10-19 16:20
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It's the chair's prerogative, Madam Chair, and thank you for letting me go first.
Following along with Mr. Schiefke, the one thing about the next meeting being where we start this, I believe that at the last meeting we made arrangements to invite the officials along with the minister...being that two-hour hybrid. I'm just clarifying if that's where this fits into the larger plan of the meeting.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:20
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I would ask the clerk if he has received any information from the minister as to when he proposes to come.
Alexandre, do you have any information? If not, then I'll put the parliamentary secretary on the spot.
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Alexandre Roger
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Alexandre Roger
2020-10-19 16:21
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Right now I have no confirmation whatsoever.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:21
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Okay.
Mr. Schiefke, do you have any information for us?
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Jeneroux, for your question.
The only thing I know currently is, I believe at the last meeting we said that the minister needs to appear before November 6. That's the only information I have right now. I think that was moved by your colleague Mr. Albas. We can follow up and make sure that we get a response, but I think that's what we're looking at right now, likely the first week of November, November 2, assuming we don't have two meetings that week. I know that our respective whips are working on finding a solution to possibly going back to two sittings a week, but that hasn't been decided, so I think we're looking at November 2.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:21
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Mr. Jeneroux, if the minister were to come, say, by October 26, then he gets first priority, okay?
Madam Collins, you had your hand up.
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-19 16:22
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I have a question about what's counted as a committee meeting. Right now we're doing committee meetings once a week for two hours. Usually we'd be meeting twice a week for one hour. Are the two-hour committee meetings considered two meetings? How does that work?
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:22
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I don't remember committee meetings ever being an hour. Maybe I was asleep, but committee meetings were always two hours, and therefore—
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-19 16:22
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That's my mistake.
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View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:22
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—we had four hours of committee work, and then we had subcommittees that met for an hour.
Subcommittees meet for an hour, and the committee as a whole meets for two hours.
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-19 16:23
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Thank you, Chair. Sorry about that.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:23
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I think that's what Mr. Schiefke was saying. The whips are working to see if we can get two meetings per week. That way we would be able to complete the agenda that we want to, because otherwise we have no time.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
I'm asking for a point of clarification, Madam Chair.
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Lib. (ON)
View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
2020-10-19 16:23
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Yes.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Did Ms. Collins imply that she only wants to spend two hours with us every week?
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:23
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It's a joke, Mr. Schiefke.
Is there any other discussion on the amendment?
Ms. Pauzé, do you agree with the amendment?
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BQ (QC)
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2020-10-19 16:23
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Madam Chair, I'm fine with us proceeding to the vote.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:24
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I would ask the clerk to read the motion as amended so we can then take a vote.
Alexandre.
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Alexandre Roger
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Alexandre Roger
2020-10-19 16:24
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I don't have the text of the amendment. I wasn't able to write it all as I was working, so it wouldn't be possible for me to reread it with the amendment.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:24
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Okay. We'll put Mr. Schiefke on the spot.
Mr. Schiefke, you probably have the motion and the amended motion. If you wouldn't mind reading it into the record, go slowly so that everybody understands, and then we can take a vote on it.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Madam Chair, I'll read the amended motion for everyone. Would you like me to read it once in French and once in English, or does it matter?
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Lib. (ON)
View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
2020-10-19 16:25
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No, because the translators will translate whichever language you choose.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Okay.
The motion in French, with the changes that we proposed, reads as follows:
That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development undertake a study in connection with the desire expressed in the Speech from the Throne to put in place a plan that will make it possible to surpass Canada's climate objectives and that to do so the committee examine further measures that could be taken to incentivize the production and purchase of zero-emission vehicles, including a zero-emission vehicle law; that a report be presented to the House of Commons and that four meetings be devoted to it starting at the next meeting of this committee with the appearance of Environment and Climate Change Canada officials and other relevant officials and stakeholders.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:26
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Thank you, Mr. Schiefke.
I got ahead of myself. I should have asked for a vote on the amendment.
I will ask for a vote on the amendment. If I have confused the living daylights out of the committee and you want the amendment read, let me know. Put your hand up if you need Mr. Schiefke to again read the amendment.
No? Okay. The first vote is on the amendment.
(Amendment agreed to: yeas 11; nays 0)
The Chair: Now we go to the vote on the motion as amended.
(Motion as amended agreed to: yeas 11; nays 0)
The Chair: I have Madam Pauzé first, and then Ms. Collins.
Madame Pauzé, go ahead.
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BQ (QC)
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2020-10-19 16:29
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Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to thank all my colleagues for supporting this motion. Of course, I'm counting on everyone's good faith to ensure that, as of the first meeting, the officials invited from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the other officials in attendance will be people who are involved in creating a zero-emission law. This is even more important following the announcement made two weeks ago by Mr. Ford, meaning the Ontario government, and the federal government.
We spoke at length to achieve unanimous consent. I'm very pleased, and I want to thank you. We're counting on everyone's good faith to work effectively on this issue.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Hear, hear, Ms. Pauzé!
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BQ (QC)
View Monique Pauzé Profile
2020-10-19 16:30
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Thank you.
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View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:30
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Madame Pauzé, normally every party would submit a list of witnesses. Therefore, if you have a list of witnesses that you would like to hear from, submit their names to the clerk.
I would suggest that all parties—the Bloc, the NDP, the Conservatives and the Liberals—do submit. Then, if we can, we will have a brief meeting of the steering committee to streamline how many witnesses can come in four meetings.
Are we in agreement?
There don't seem to be any objections.
Alexandre, could you give a deadline? Could you send a note to everybody? If we are going to study it starting on October 26, we will need the list ASAP, and then we can start sifting through it.
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Alexandre Roger
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Alexandre Roger
2020-10-19 16:31
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I think Wednesday would give the witnesses appropriate head time to appear before the committee.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:31
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Okay.
Today is Monday. By tomorrow, Tuesday, give a list of the witnesses you would like, the top witnesses you'd really like to get, and then the clerk will get in touch with them. Okay?
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Alexandre Roger
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Alexandre Roger
2020-10-19 16:32
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Wednesday at five o'clock would be my deadline, if possible, if the committee agrees with me.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:32
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Okay. I think it is important. We have a very tight timeline, and the turnaround for you will be difficult. Otherwise, the witnesses won't turn up.
With that, I'll turn to Madam Collins.
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-19 16:32
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Madam Chair, I have a motion. I've sent it to the clerk. It reads as follows:
That, for the fifth meeting of the committee, the committee invite the Auditor General of Canada and the Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development, to provide a briefing on the office, the role and the appointment of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development that they will be given up to thirty (30) minutes for the briefing and that the clerk ask the witnesses to provide written material in both official languages in advance of the meeting.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:33
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Is there any discussion?
Yes, Mr. Longfield, go ahead.
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View Lloyd Longfield Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Lloyd Longfield Profile
2020-10-19 16:33
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Sometimes that happens and you just can't change channels. I get it.
I also sit on public accounts, where we have the auditor general for the environment present and we have the Auditor General for Canada present. Normally, we would have the commissioner of the environment come and present to this committee. Would it not make sense for us to just have the commissioner of the environment come before us to talk about the report that will be tabled on October 27?
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:33
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Are there any other hands up?
Yes, Mr. Jeneroux.
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View Matt Jeneroux Profile
CPC (AB)
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2020-10-19 16:33
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I certainly want to speak in favour of this motion. I think not just the commissioner of the environment but also the Auditor General coming would help set the stage for where we're going in the next few months in terms of our committee. I certainly will speak in favour of that.
Again, I'd leave it up to the subcommittee to determine the timing of that. We want to make sure we get the minister. Whether it's the fourth meeting or fifth meeting or whatever it is, again, I would leave it up to the steering committee to do that.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:34
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Okay.
Yes, Mr. Schiefke.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
That's a great motion, Ms. Collins. I'm just wondering if you can confirm something that's of interest to me. I'm looking forward to the report that's being released on the 26th. I'm wondering if part of what you would like to do, in inviting the commissioner and the AG, is also to ask questions about the report that's being released. It will be in three important parts. I'm wondering if, as part of what you'd like to do, you'd like to ask questions on that report.
I just want to confirm with you that this is part of the reason you'd like to invite the Auditor General as well as the commissioner.
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
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2020-10-19 16:35
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Madam Chair, may I respond?
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View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Yasmin Ratansi Profile
2020-10-19 16:35
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Absolutely.
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View Laurel Collins Profile
NDP (BC)
View Laurel Collins Profile
2020-10-19 16:35
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My intention behind inviting the Auditor General and the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development was really to inquire about the role of the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, the appointment of the new commissioner, as well as what's happening in the offices. The commissioner of the environment and sustainable development is in the office of the Auditor General, and I'd like to inquire into that as a whole.
The report is coming out on October 27. We can ask any questions of the Auditor General and the commissioner. I think it's fair game to be asking about that report once it comes out.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:36
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Did you have your hand up, Mr. Saini? No? Okay.
Mr. Baker.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:36
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That's fine; I had put my hand up before Ms. Collins responded. My question was just around her rationale for inviting the Auditor General. I didn't fully understand that.
Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:36
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Has Ms. Collins satisfied you with her response?
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View Yvan Baker Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Yvan Baker Profile
2020-10-19 16:36
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Yes.
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Lib. (ON)
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2020-10-19 16:36
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Okay.
Mr. Godin, the floor is yours.
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