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View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Madam Chair, I would suggest that we try to ensure that every party gets one opportunity to ask questions and then leave.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
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CPC (SK)
Great.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you so much, Madam Chair.
I want to thank our witnesses for joining us today. I appreciate the opportunity to talk about the national trade corridors fund and to hear your perspectives on it.
I know the Emerson report contemplated a number of recommendations with multiple subsections in its report in chapter 4, with the first recommendation being 1(b)(iii), which addressed the project that you, Mr. Anablak, were talking about. I know you mentioned that you had a proposal before the NTCF right now for $22 million to ensure that the larger project would be shovel-ready when the opportunity came to apply.
It's my understanding that your project was denied funding initially through this fund. Is that correct?
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Great. Thank you.
I appreciate the comments around the fact that there is a significant infrastructure deficit in the north. At this point in time I believe it's $400 million that has been put towards infrastructure in the north, out of a $2-billion fund that's supposed to stretch over the next 10 years. When you tell us that the total funding envelope in the north...the number of applications...would have added up to about $70 billion—I think that's what you said—it's obvious that we have completely underestimated the needs for infrastructure development in the north.
I'm wondering, Mr. Anablak, if you could tell me this. What would such a project as yours do to fulfill the fund's priorities in terms of what was outlined as priorities for the fund? How did your project measure up to those priorities?
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
I have only one minute left, so just very quickly, I appreciate the observation you made about the Infrastructure Bank and the potential to redirect some of the funding there to the NTCF. I'm wondering if you would be willing to provide us with the recommendations you have. If you could provide those to the committee, we would be able to have them in hand and take a look at them.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thanks very much, Madam Chair.
I want to welcome all of you who have joined us for this second hour of our meeting by video conference. Ms. Field, thank you so much for coming to Ottawa.
I found my colleague's speculation about what a Conservative government will do around infrastructure very interesting. All we need to do is look at the previous Asia-Pacific gateway and corridor initiative transportation infrastructure fund, which was created in 2006, and carried on all the way through to 2018, and which I believe this fund was built on. I think you can only look to the past to perhaps see the importance that a Conservative government would place on getting transportation infrastructure done, and done in a timely way.
Mr. Xotta, you stated, “Buy our stuff and we'll get it to you.” Really, it's our reputation that's on the line when our infrastructure isn't efficient enough to meet the growing needs and demands of our exporting nation.
That's an interesting observation, as well. Much of what we export is either grown or taken out of the ground, yet we have a government that continuously introduces legislation that will not only have a devastating impact on our resource development but also our ability to get those products to market.
My colleague referenced Bill C-69, and I think you spoke to some of the issues you have with that piece of legislation, never mind Bill C-48 or even the carbon tax. None of us have mentioned today the impact that has on transportation across this country.
In the time that I have left, I want to ask a question of you, Ms. Field.
I know that short-line railways are an important part of Canada's railroads, a part of the broader network that moves goods from coast to coast, and that we have many in western Canada. You've had an opportunity to share with us your experience with this fund, but could you share some of your infrastructure challenges, and perhaps the opportunity we have through our short-line railways to address greenhouse gas emissions?
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
The first one is to perhaps outline some of the infrastructure challenges, and then the second one is on the opportunity.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I would suggest that this might not even be necessary.
I think this was to receive an update or for information. I didn't understand that this was meant to be more formal than that.
It's a two-hour meeting.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I think it's been a very good opportunity for us to hear about the transportation fund from the witnesses who are here. But I think if we were going to do anything more formal or want to provide a letter to whomever, I would want to see us do a little bit more in depth on this fund.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I echo my colleagues in welcoming you here this morning. I'm really enjoying this study. I'm certainly learning more about our Atlantic region and understanding that our Atlantic trade corridors are important to the economic well-being of the Atlantic provinces and to Canada as a whole.
I think it's important to understand that, as the committee is coming together to discuss a strategy and the development of transportation and infrastructure designed to keep Canada competitive in a globalized market, the current government is introducing legislation and implementing regulations and even federal taxes that I believe have an impact on our competitiveness. We can't separate those things out from a strategy in terms of addressing our transportation needs.
Ms. O'Pray, you've highlighted the impact that the delays in completing the 41 kilometres of Route 138 are having on the economy and the businesses that need that roadway to be completed in order to provide more efficient transportation to the region.
I'm wondering if you could comment as well on the federal carbon tax and whether your organization has any formal position on the carbon tax and the impact that is having on the competitiveness of your region.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much for that.
I want to speak to another piece of legislation that is currently in front of the Senate. I would welcome comments by any of the witnesses in regard to Bill C-69.
Bill C-69 proposes to tighten regulations involved in building new infrastructure. I had the opportunity to participate in an interview with a journalist who was doing a story on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway celebrating their 60th anniversary. The question was, did we believe that this project would go forward today with the current environment and if Bill C-69 were to pass?
I'm just wondering if any of you have any comments on Bill C-69 and the impact it would have on the projects that you are in fact suggesting as part of a transportation strategy.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
Madam Chair, just before we hear from our witnesses, I want to thank you for the agenda that was circulated. I note that we have a half hour for in camera, and I appreciate that there was some confusion last week about our in camera session. I'm wondering if we will be doing any recommendations to the BIA in camera, or if we will do that in public and then move in camera for the rest of our committee business.
View Kelly Block Profile
CPC (SK)
I think we have typically dealt in public with clause-by-clause or any recommendations that we might want to make and so, at the time you call us to go in camera, is it fine if we raise it?
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