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View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and thank you to everyone who is presenting here today.
I'm looking at the program expenditures, and I find some of them relatively small in light of some of the concerns that have surfaced, especially in the indigenous policy.
I represent a riding in the Northwest Territories that is over half indigenous, and we have a real challenge in achieving a healthy economy. We need to tackle several big issues to do that. We need more transportation infrastructure to lower the costs. Industry is telling us that, and the chamber of commerce is telling us that.
We also all know that we need to sort out land tenure and self-governance issues with the indigenous governments. Some of them have been going on for a long time.
During the time the Liberal government was in place, they weren't very kind to the indigenous population. They gutted the regulatory process, and we're trying to put it back together. The indigenous government support funding was certainly cut, to a point where it was almost impossible for the band councils to function.
It didn't stop there. The departments were also cut severely, in terms of having a reduction in their negotiators, so we ended up negotiating maybe one day a month, if that. Pretty much every negotiating table for land claims and every negotiating table for self-government came to a halt. In 2015, when I was campaigning, we had zero tables working.
I see that changing now, but the need for.... Reinvestment seems to be slow. You talked about an increase in volume when we talk about the capacity for indigenous policy.
I'm just curious where this money is going. Is it going to the department, for resources within the department, or is it going to indigenous governments to help them bolster their resources and try to get resolution at some of these tables?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Oh, no. I thought I said the Conservative government, but I—
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I'll clarify that. I meant the 10 years that the Conservative government—
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Well, that explains the small number, then. I think we're now, in the NWT alone, up to 14 tables of negotiation.
I do have one more question on the carbon pollution pricing system. It's under consideration in the Northwest Territories. The Northwest Territories has its own carbon pricing plan. We're probably the only jurisdiction where members of the government are pushing back, because they don't feel the plan put forward by the cabinet of the government of the Northwest Territories is strong enough. They want to bolster it. I don't know of anybody else who's doing that.
I was curious about the $1.6 million, because throughout our discussions, I assumed everything was supposed to be cost-neutral, yet we have a cost. Maybe somebody could explain it.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I'm not clear what the vote is actually on. What is the wording?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Mr. Chair, I appreciate his concern, but I want to reassure the member that it was clear to me what I was voting on, so he doesn't have to worry about it.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Amendment NDP-4 refers to the sufficiency of resources allocated to Canada Border Services Agency. I think we all agree that CBSA has a tremendous role to play, but I'd like to point out that in April 2018, the government announced over $30 million over five years and $6.8 million per year on an ongoing basis to strengthen trade enforcement, and most of that money will be going to the CBSA to beef up its enforcement and investigative capacity.
That translates to 40 new jobs, a 50% increase in the number of employees fully dedicated to trade remedy investigations and compliance. The government has made the investment and will continue to review the appropriate allocation of resources.
View Larry Bagnell Profile
Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:00
Good morning. Welcome to the 162nd meeting of the standing committee. Although it says we're in camera, we won't be for a few minutes because we have to do just one thing first.
I'll read the notes from the clerk. They say, “The committee would like to thank the best clerk in the history of the House of Commons”—
Some hon. members: Oh, oh!
The Chair:—“and the best researchers.”
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Chair: Those are good notes. Thank you.
Actually, what I'd like to do is this. We have a cake here to present which says on it, “Happy Retirement from Filibustering to the Great Parliamentarian from Hamilton Centre.”
Some hon. members: Hear, hear!
The Chair: Yes, you can take pictures.
I'll take requests to speak.
View Larry Bagnell Profile
Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:02
There are pictures.
View Larry Bagnell Profile
Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:02
So it goes without saying—and I'll get a speaking list here—that obviously you're a very passionate member. I think you've been very principled. Each of us, in theory, should have one-tenth of the influence on this committee, but I think that's not true. I think you have more than your one-tenth of influence on this committee. There's making a point and there's making a point, and you can certainly make a point very passionately, and although members might often disagree, we think the points you're making are principled—I do, anyway. You believe in them and you're a great asset to this Parliament, and I know there are some people who will add to my comments.
Mr. Bittle.
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Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:08
Mr. Sweet.
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Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:10
Thank you very much.
Mr. Graham.
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Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:11
Mr. Simms.
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Lib. (YT)
View Larry Bagnell Profile
2019-06-13 11:14
Thank you, Scott.
Before I go to Ruby, I also appreciate the passion with which you continue to make the point that the security of Parliament shouldn't be in the hands of the government. It's a very substantial point. Thank you for that.
Now we'll go to Ruby.
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