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Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Ms. Ramcharan and Mr. Lafaille, for being with us today, and to the others who are here supporting you.
Actually, I'm glad Mr. Rafferty added that, because I was going to ask if you could get back to the committee with an answer to the specific question that Mr. Rafferty asked.
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Lib. (NS)
My understanding was that it was the minister or you who said they were doing this, so you should know which ones you're supporting in the Ring of Fire, right?
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Lib. (NS)
Oh, I see, so you're providing research and you don't know how they're using it. Is that what you're saying?
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Lib. (NS)
I don't right now. It was his question, not mine, but it was of interest.
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Lib. (NS)
Let me go on to something else.
When you were here on May 5 to discuss the main estimates, you told me that AECL funding for 2015-16 included $119 million from the mains and an additional $72 million announced in the April budget. Now we see another $164.9 million in the supplementary estimates (A). I assume that $164.9 million includes the $72 million announced in the budget to maintain safe and reliable operations at Chalk River. If that's the case, what is the additional $93 million required for?
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Lib. (NS)
That's pretty broad. Has anything changed since the budget that would require $93 million more?
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Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
In the main estimates $67 million was originally set aside for operations, while $35 million was earmarked for research and development. The supplementary estimates (A) state that the $164.9 million will go toward both activities, but it is unclear how the money will be divided. Are you able to give us a better breakdown of where that $164 million will go?
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Lib. (NS)
Speaking of the fact that this money would support medical and industrial isotope production as well as nuclear science, how much has been earmarked for isotope production at Chalk River? Is there any funding for research into isotope production at any other facilities, such as the TRIUMF with its cyclotron particle accelerator?
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Lib. (NS)
In terms of this development and this expectation of development of cyclotron-produced isotopes, is it the department's thinking that this will be the source of all medical isotopes in Canada in the future, that they'll come from cyclotrons, or do you expect that we will still have to get some from other sources?
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Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
The NRU will need to be relicensed to operate beyond 2016. How much of the AECL funding is being provided to meet licensing requirements and other regulatory obligations?
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Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Chairman. Four and a half minutes is so short.
Minister, what is the amount of contribution to Genome Canada in the 2015-16 main estimates?
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Lib. (NS)
The information from the estimates, the listing of transfer payments, indicates that it's $7.5 million, and that in the previous fiscal year of 2014-15 it was $22.5 million. Is that right?
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Lib. (NS)
At a recent committee meeting, my friend Mr. Carmichael asked a witness about personalized medicine being an area that will be disruptive. In answer, Dr. Danial Wayner said:
The genomics era allows us to understand the machinery that is responsible for our health, our welfare, and our well-being.
He went on to say this:
There are huge social issues related to somebody else having my entire genome in their hands, but those are the types of advances we'll see over the next decade or two or three. I think that will fundamentally change the way we approach health care and wellness.
In light of that testimony, Minister, why are you cutting two-thirds of Genome Canada's funding? Whether you call it cashflow or whatever, the estimates indicate that you're cutting it by two-thirds.
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Lib. (NS)
Minister, I want you to know that I hope it goes well for you with the situation in your family. I wish you the very best with that. If you'd allow me to go on to the next question.
In relation to the 2015-16 report on plans and priorities, it indicates the planned spending for science and technology partnerships—which happened to include the transfers to Genome, by the way—for 2015-16 are $298 million, whereas the planned spending for 2017-18 is what? It drops from $298 million to...?
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