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View Megan Leslie Profile
NDP (NS)
View Megan Leslie Profile
2015-06-18 9:47
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, to both of our witnesses, for being here today.
Ms. Strom, I'd like to start with you and to talk to you about the use of a shadow carbon price. I know that Suncor is familiar with this. Different companies in the Canadian energy sector are using a shadow carbon price, and some companies use it to drive their performance or to create opportunities like technological innovation or increasing their market access. Other companies, I know, use it to just straight-up evaluate GHGs coming from particular projects. But it seems to me that the use of this shadow carbon price in the Canadian energy market lays a bit of the groundwork for the fact that companies are already thinking about a price on carbon, that a price on carbon wouldn't actually be that disruptive.
I know that Suncor is familiar with the shadow carbon price and uses it. I'd love to hear from you a bit about that, but I guess my question for you is this. If a company like yours is already engaged in a shadow carbon price, wouldn't there be a benefit in levelling the playing field and ensuring that all companies have certainty and build in that same price?
View Megan Leslie Profile
NDP (NS)
View Megan Leslie Profile
2015-06-18 9:50
Thanks very much. My second question is for Madame Grondin.
It seems to me, listening to your testimony and doing a little bit of research before coming here today, that AEM is really making an effort to be responsible in its operations when it comes to the environment.
Back to this idea of levelling the playing field, do you agree that a sound and consistent and well-funded regulatory structure would help keep out some bad actors? The mining sector has a bit of a cowboy reputation, rightly or wrongly. I certainly wouldn't include your company in that reputation.
We need some sort of consistent policy across the board. In that vein, would you support a national fund to ensure site remediation and cleanup that all operations would pay into? Again, it's this idea of levelling the playing field.
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Zealand, thank you very much for your patience in finally getting here to speak to our committee, but also for your work in this important area of the recreational fishery. I am interested in the management relationship between DFO and the co-management boards that are established under the land claim settlements. I wonder if you could speak to how effective that is and how it works.
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
The department mainly provides technical support to the boards in its decisions and issues around development and habitat management and protection, those sorts of things.
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
Right. Do you get a lot of out-of-territory sports fishermen coming in? Do you have a system of guides and so on?
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
Do out-of-territory fishermen have to have a guide to come to fish?
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
Okay, interesting.
I'm going to pass it on to my colleague Mr. Cleary. Thank you, Mr. Zealand, for your participation.
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
It's too bad that we didn't go out of in camera to say this.
I've enjoyed working with you, Randy, over the past three years. You've been a good parliamentary secretary to work with, given the constraints under which you work. Of course your demeanour has always been such that you were able to put me in my place in the nicest possible way without raising your voice, something I've never learned how to do. Anyway, I know this is an issue you've always been pretty dedicated to and I wish you the best.
Thanks.
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
If it happens to be, I wanted to thank the clerk and the analyst and the staff who have supported this committee, as I'm sure others would. We really appreciated all the work and support and we've always felt well served.
Thanks very much.
View Robert Chisholm Profile
NDP (NS)
I want to change what I said.
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
View Peter Stoffer Profile
NDP (NS)
In closing, on our side, seeing that this may be our last committee, I just want to wish you very good health this summer.
View Peter Stoffer Profile
NDP (NS)
To all of you, have a great summer and a good run in the campaign. We'll see you all back here, maybe on the other side. You never know.... I'm just kidding. I wish you all the best.
To our folks and everyone else, thanks for your great work.
Mr. Galipeau, thank you very much for your service. Well done. Good health, buddy.
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
View Megan Leslie Profile
NDP (NS)
View Megan Leslie Profile
2015-06-16 9:14
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
Hello, Mr. Butler. It's nice to see you here from Ottawa instead of at home.
I'm actually going to pick up a little bit from where Mr. Woodworth left off on the fisheries issue and Off the Hook, the community-supported fishery, which is a fantastic initiative. I've had the occasion to go and meet some of the fishermen down Brier Island way, down Digby Neck. I think it's an interesting project because you are working with the private sector, obviously. There are fishermen involved. It's sort of formed like a co-op. I buy a share and every week I get fresh fish. It's amazing.
You're working with the private sector there, but then the work that's happening through Off the Hook stands in pretty stark contrast to the bigger fisheries in our region that are taking a different approach to the fisheries, one that is perhaps less sustainable. There's the community-supported fishery. I know the EAC also does a lot of work on trying to get changes to legislation so that we can have more initiatives like community-supported fisheries versus the big bottom-trawling fishery, which is dragging the nets and leaving this empty sort of dead highway behind them where they've scooped up everything.
How does that work, this working with the private sector, sort of small-scale private sector, if that's a phrase, but then also needing to work with government to change legislation for a fundamental shift in how we do fishing in this country?
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