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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:21
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses.
Just touching on a question that Mr. Chisholm asked in terms of the government's approach to this and the seriousness of it, is it common for a minister to appear before a WTO hearing like this?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:22
We're appealing on logic and facts, I would say. But how helpful is it—we weren't there so that's kind of why the committee is interesting in hearing—to have a minister with traditional and cultural roots and a clear understanding, both from practical experience...? I mean, our minister has hands-on, real-life experience there. She can participate in this discussion with the WTO. How helpful is that?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:23
The EU has been holding the position that Greenland has taken advantage of the exemptions and that basically it's Canada's fault for not taking advantage of the exemptions that are being offered them.
If I understand it correctly, they're not measuring.... As you've said, they're measuring the group that's engaged in the harvest, not the methods they're using. Canada's hunt is sustainable, it's legal, and it's ethical, and we've deployed a number of strategies over our seal hunt to make it a humane hunt.
How does Greenland compare in terms of that hunt and how humane—for lack of a better word, I guess—is Greenland's hunt compared to Canada's? Is the EU conscious of that or are they asking Greenland to support documents of the humane way in which seals are harvested in Greenland in comparison to Canada...?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:26
It's perplexing, then, though, that there would be an argument that on moral grounds they're restricting this hunt, but they don't particularly care how the hunt is undertaken and whether it's humane or not humane. They don't care how people kill the seals as long as those people belong to a class of persons. In that sense alone, it's a discriminatory vein the EU is taking by saying that they appreciate the culture and value and their understanding of that, but it's very perplexing for them to say, “We're standing on a moral ground here, but we don't actually care how these seals are killed.”
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:27
I'm sure the EU is holding their cards close to their chest right now and they probably don't want to deal in hypotheticals at all, but has there been any indication or signalling of what the EU would do should the WTO come back and rule in Canada's favour on this issue?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:28
The ITK position is well known on this, but I have heard that in some positions on the European side, in the political world, they feel that while the ITK is suggesting that it's hurting the market, it's not the general sense of hunters in the communities themselves. I would disagree with that, from being in the Arctic, spending time in the Arctic, and talking directly with them.
I think it's great that they're showing solidarity with our eastern sealers. It's important. But has the WTO heard from other groups beyond the ITK position on this? Are they hearing from individual sealers who represent small community hunts?
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CPC (YT)
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2014-04-07 16:29
We have spent a lot of time today talking about the Inuit hunt in Canada, but there is a huge eastern market and a great number of Canadians outside of the traditional hunt, as it were, from an Inuit cultural perspective.
This ban on the hunt affects the downstream processing aspect as well, so it's not just the hunt itself but all the downstream end of it. Were the numbers that you talked about—in 2006 the $18 million, and less than half a million dollars in 2013—reflective of the entire market or just the hunt itself?
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CPC (YT)
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2013-11-18 16:32
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Gentlemen, thank you for your information so far.
I didn't see it in the package and I'm not sure if you had mentioned it earlier, but what's the threshold to determine a project that would actually enter the MPMO? Is there a dollar value or is there a size value?
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CPC (YT)
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2013-11-18 16:33
There's an entire regulatory system that looks at a ton of projects. If the focus is on resource-based projects, how would that alleviate pressure on the entire regulatory system as a whole?
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CPC (YT)
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2013-11-18 16:34
Okay.
We hear talk about where the focus is going to lie with a one project, one timeframe review. If I hear you correctly, you're saying that because of the model and the enhancement with science and regulatory reviews, inspections, and presumably enforcement and capacity development as well, will allow greater focus where the focus is required.
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CPC (YT)
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2013-11-18 16:36
Perfect.
I think it was detailed. It's easy to understand that when there is a streamlined process under way and projects are either able to move forward or stopped, you can see the direct financial benefit from an economic point in terms of what the industry does or GDP development.
When you centralize these things, and you're making decisions with the enhanced capacity you talked about and somebody is overseeing this and a mandate is understood, there must be a realization of substantial savings to government by doing this as well.
Do we have some sort of percentage value of that? Perhaps you could make a general comment on the realization of savings for government when we streamline these things and make them more effective.
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CPC (YT)
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2013-11-18 16:37
—enhanced capacity, scientific research, technical reports, enhanced inspection, and regulatory review and enforcement.
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CPC (YT)
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2013-05-09 9:28
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to all our witnesses.
Since we did really come today to talk about rail security, I'll direct some of my questions to the folks at VIA Rail.
We've heard about partnerships and integrated work and education. I'm just wondering, when we get down to the client level for identifying threats, what kind of work is VIA Rail doing to ensure the passengers and clients of rail services receive the information and education they need to be vigilant?
We heard the RCMP talk about detachment-level work. We heard CSIS talk about how difficult it is to identify lone operators, and if we have threats around the rail sector, obviously we rely heavily on the general public to be aware of these threats.
How well versed do you think Canadians are right now on the actual threat of terrorism? What kind of work does VIA Rail do to encourage vigilance and encourage reporting from the client level?
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CPC (YT)
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2013-05-09 9:31
Thank you.
When you're using any form of public transportation or when you're in any public space generally, you just want to be able to operate, to feel safe, let your guard down, and not be constantly on the lookout. But obviously we've reached a different day. As we heard from CSIS, there are people in groups here and now that are seeking to do us harm.
I was just in Boston a few weeks ago when the attacks occurred there. I'd be the first to admit that in a venue like that, you certainly let your guard down. I'm not sure we ever want to see the day when we're inundated with warning signs. Obviously sometimes the best security is the security you don't see. But we as everyday citizens and people utilizing public transportation for this topic have a role to play.
How do you strike a balance between letting people know where and how to report or educating with signage or with security things, and at the same time, allowing people to exist in an environment where they're not on that proverbial edge of their seat all the time? How do you strike that balance appropriately with VIA Rail?
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