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View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would like to thank the opposition members for supporting the motion in the House to move this back to committee. As you know, we feel this is an extremely important clause that we want to insert into the legislation, Bill C-30. We also heard from our witnesses that this was a very important aspect of what they were looking for to improve rail service to grain shippers in western Canada in particular. So I think it is important that it's back here in front of committee with the authority of the House for us to be able to include it in the bill. I look forward to our discussion this morning and to accomplishing that.
Thank you.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
First, let me just ask why. Could Madam Brosseau explain why what she's proposing is so important?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Chair, I'd like to ask another question.
There's a package of initiatives contained within this bill, and yet you're singling out one that you want to extend. Is that what it is? There are a number of initiatives here that are particular to Bill C-30. All those initiatives will sunset in August 2016 unless the provisions are extended.
You asking for this one to be extended?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Through you, Mr. Chair, I'm wondering why you would ask for one provision to be extended and not all of them to be extended when they're all aimed at trying to resolve the problem of moving grain?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Hoback spoke most eloquently, but when we look at the package of Bill C-30, it exists to address an urgent situation in western Canada regarding the movement of grain. That's right now and for the foreseeable future. It's not meant to be a change. These changes are not meant to be in effect for eternity, for any long period of time. They're meant to be in effect to address the problem that exists today until it is properly rectified.
That's the whole package of changes. That's why I was asking Madame Brosseau some questions about this particular amendment, because this is a package of changes, not just a single change. It all works together in the same piece of legislation to address the problem that exists today and for the foreseeable future.
As Mr. Hoback said, “I think it's appropriate that it has a sunset clause”. As I mentioned in my first remarks, that sunset clause can be delayed. The clauses that would repeal all of what we're doing in Bill C-30 can be delayed if the situation has not been rectified by the time we get to August 2016.
There is already a mechanism that allows for the extension of all of these provisions built into the legislation if the problem has not been rectified in a suitable way by August 2016. I believe we've addressed this in a very comprehensive manner. It has a start; it has a finish. The finish can be extended if the problem of moving grain in western Canada has not been rectified in a meaningful way.
As Mr. Hoback mentioned, there's going to be a full review of the Canada Transportation Act earlier than previously thought. That will start, as you said, this summer, Mr. Hoback. That might be where discussion would take place about long-term changes to the Canada Transportation Act as opposed to what's seen here as a short-term implementation of initiatives to address a specific problem, and then routing one of them out and saying, “Well, that one we want to go on and on and on”.
In fact, as Mr. Hoback said, that would or could restrict or have an impact on the more fulsome review of the Canada Transportation Act when it starts this summer.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Malcolm, the difference between before and now is that Parliament itself has authorized the committee to include this amendment in Bill C-30 if it so chooses. That's the difference.
The process that we saw in the House cannot repeat itself, because the House has stated clearly that the committee should have another look at this amendment and if it chooses to incorporate it, it may be incorporated.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
On a point of order.
I don't understand the way it came in front of committee. Mr. Eyking said it was submitted on Friday by the deadline, but my understanding is it may not have been submitted then, and if it is a subamendment to the amendment we just passed, it should have been debated before we just passed this past amendment. If it's something different it should have been in on Friday.
I guess we'll just wait for the clerk to clarify this for us, or the chair.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. I had two questions, really.
The first question was, if this was a separate amendment, was it received on time on Friday? If it was not a separate amendment, but instead a subamendment to the amendment we just passed, then I'm saying that it should have been introduced like Madam Brosseau did for her subamendment.
I think what I just heard you say, Mr. Chair, was that this is not a subamendment to the amendment we just passed, so that answers that question. If it's an amendment in its own right, was it submitted to the clerk by the deadline on Friday?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. You're right. Actually, now that I'm thinking of it, it said “as soon as possible”. What the clerk sent out was “submit your amendments as soon as possible”. Thank you.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
I want to confirm something. Is what Mr. Eyking is talking about pertaining to contracts that exist between a farmer and a grain company, or is this amendment pertaining to service level agreements and contracts between grain companies or shippers and rail companies?
Bill C-30 deals with both, but in two separate sections and in two different ways. In one part, the Canadian Grain Commission is dealing with arbitrating contracts between farmers and shippers, and in the other part, under the Canada Transportation Act, the CTA is responsible for service level agreements and for this clause we just inserted between shippers and the rail companies.
What is this pertaining to?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Sorry, you are using the word “I”, “How will I get paid?” When you're using the word “I”—
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
—as a farmer, so what you're talking about is the portion of the legislation that deals with contracts between the farmer and the grain company. That's the part you're talking about.
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