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View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for being here.
My first question is for the representative of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Louise Grondin.
Looking at your 2014 report on sustainable development, I see that your annual reports are quite comprehensive. You have mines in Quebec, including in Abitibi, and I see you have a section on greenhouse gas emissions. Are you a participant in the Quebec-California carbon market that requires caps on emissions and carbon trading to which Quebec is a signatory? Is your company, or will it be, regulated by that carbon market?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
My apologies, Ms. Grondin, but I have very little time at my disposal.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Sorry to interrupt, Ms. Grondin, but we have very little time. That is why I am rushing you a bit.
If I understand correctly, you are currently not subject to the carbon market, but what do you think about that idea in general? I see that you are making tremendous efforts. You have reduced your intensity by 28% in one year. That was last year, so from 2013 to 2014. You are making efforts. How interested is your company in participating in the carbon market? Why would that be a good idea for you?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
The carbon market is a system for capping emissions. A reduction in emissions is requested each year. Afterwards, if someone is not able to achieve the reduction objectives, they can exchange or purchase credits. I think that could benefit you. Although the intensity of GHG emissions has greatly diminished, it is still difficult to control the emissions. Your company continues to grow, and GHG emissions in the mines are increasing in spite of of everything. Therefore, I think it is important to make all the necessary efforts, as you mentioned, to combat this GHG scourge.
I would like to say something to Ms. Strom.
In the analysis before us, we see that you have concluded an agreement with the Pembina Institute. I saw that the institute produced a report in 2010, and the report talked about some problems related to water retention ponds, for instance. I suppose it is based on—
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay.
I suppose you concluded the agreement with the institute in order to improve that situation.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
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View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I represent the riding of Drummond, which is located in the Central Quebec region and has many wetland areas. Although the region is rich in wetlands, Quebec as a whole, and especially southern Quebec, is really losing ground year after year in terms of wetland conservation.
Is that also the case across Canada in general and in southern Canada in particular?
Mr. Fortune, would you like to answer?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
In other words, the situation is the same as in Quebec and in my region, Central Quebec, where we are losing many of our wetland areas. That is a major concern for my region, which is rural, although it has a city at its centre
You talked about all the environmental benefits associated with wetlands. You are working very hard to raise money from the private sector, and you are doing an excellent job. As we know, your organization is exemplary, but it does not seem to be enough, despite all the efforts you are making when it comes to getting the private sector involved on a voluntary basis.
Ms. Leslie asked you what more could be done in terms of investment or legislation to conserve the wetlands, which, despite your significant efforts, continue to disappear.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
What could the federal government do to support you?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you.
Mr. Butler, one of the things you talked about was the impact of climate change on insurance. You also talked about energy efficiency. Some of your work focuses on energy and the built environment. In the past, the federal program called ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes enabled people to make an effort in energy efficiency.
Are you familiar with that program? Did you or the people you are helping use it?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Very well. You did not really use the program, but you know what it was all about. It provided Canadian families with support in their fight against climate change.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to go back to Mr. McLean.
In my riding of Drummond, the CRECQ, the Conseil régional de l’environnement du Centre-du-Québec, the regional environmental council, received funds from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk for two endangered species, the Northern spring salamander and the wood turtle.
For some years now we have observed that there are some big issues with the Endangered Species Act. The government had to go to court for the sage grouse and the orca in British Colombia. Currently it is also in court for the striped chorus frog in Quebec. This problem is very serious and that is why the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk is so important; we have benefited from it at various times in Drummondville and in the Centre-du-Québec region.
Currently, is the Habitat Stewardship Program an annual program? Can people submit a three-year project, or something similar?
I think that would have to be renewed every year. Is that the case?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
If I understand correctly, a project funded through the Habitat Stewardship Program can be subsidized for three years. Is that correct?
I think that normally it is one year at a time. You have to obtain a renewal for a second year, and so on.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Fine.
I saw on the Environment Canada website that there had been a change in 2014-2015. I am still talking about the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. That is the one we turned to in Drummond. My fellow citizens are really concerned, among other things, by the situation of the wood turtle which is an endangered species.
This is what the website says:
Starting in 2014-2015, the Prevention Stream focuses on the very same results as the Species at Risk Stream, but with a focus on species of interest beyond those listed under Schedule 1 of SARA.
So there has been a change in the prevention aspect. Can you explain why this change was made for 2014-2015?
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