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View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
Now, is the $25 million...? If you had more, could you do this more quickly? Is that the issue? Is it that you don't have enough money, enough resources, to get this solved more quickly?
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
Let me change the subject here and raise one of the issues that you raised, and this is the integrity regime that you have been developing.
One of the things you said in your opening remarks is that you have been getting pressure from industry. I imagine SNC-Lavalin would be one of those companies that would be putting pressure on this area. Is that correct?
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
You said that you're getting pressure from industry. I'm just asking.... I'm assuming that they have as big a stake in this as anybody, I would guess.
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
But you have a copy of it, and I think the committee would appreciate getting a copy of that.
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
All right. Thank you very much.
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
I'd like to thank our witnesses. Your testimony here is very helpful.
Ms. Hayes, one of the things that impressed me about your testimony today was the chart which showed that your members are overwhelmingly motivated by their own views of protecting the environment as opposed to any other issues here. I think that means you're certainly moving in the right direction—or your members are—in terms of the awareness of this.
Towards the end of your testimony, you said that there are going to be barriers. One of them was the increased cost. You mentioned CPP, minimum wage and the carbon tax. Are all of these measures adding up to discourage businesses from becoming more energy efficient? Is that the point you want to make?
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
This has been very helpful to us, quite frankly, with respect to the carbon tax. As you know, there's been quite a bit of discussion in Parliament concerning that. That was very helpful, as well.
One of the things I noticed on the chart is what drives businesses. One of them was not financial incentives. If I remember correctly, it was about 13%. It was near the bottom.
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
That's good. That came through.
With respect to landlords.... That was one of the challenges you had. There are landlord associations and groups across Canada.
Does your group ever sit down and meet with them or do you want your members to do this on an individual basis? Is there anything organized in terms of letting them know that's one of the ways in which we can help the environment?
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
Those are my questions, Mr. Chair.
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, witnesses, for your testimony.
This question is for Empower Me.
One thing you talked about, which my colleague from the NDP raised as well, is the whole question of energy poverty. You said there are programs involved with, I think, nine out of the 10 provinces. Are they working? Are they inadequate? Tell me what the results are.
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
It would be interesting to hear whatever analysis you have.
To complicate this, as recently as this morning it was predicted that Canadians will be paying between $300 and $400 more for their groceries next year. Again, anything that can be saved with respect to energy costs obviously will allow for more disposable income, much of which, I'm sure, goes to food.
That being said, you said there was no federal funding. Did you or others make applications to the federal government and just not get it, or is there just an absence of some particular program?
View Rob Nicholson Profile
CPC (ON)
It would seem to me that you'd probably be aware of it, because you're in that business.
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