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View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Madam Chair, there is no doubt that it is very important to have simultaneous interpretation so that committee members, and even the witnesses, can understand the comments from witnesses. It's essential for our meetings.
I wonder if we could try again for a few minutes and ask Mr. Dubé to come a little closer to his computer. That might help.
It's just a suggestion.
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Ms. Somerville, I would say that Dean and I are definitely part of that aging population. I think you're a ways behind us and I think he'd agree with that. I see he's nodding.
I like what he said about the east coast being amazing. I'm glad he recognizes that. The Niagara region is pretty nice too. They have some nice wineries and great fruit, etc. My in-laws are in Ontario, so I have to say nice things about Ontario, besides.
Mr. Ellis, you talked about the aftermath of the pandemic. Can you tell us when that's going to start? I'm only kidding, but you did talk about an increase in experiential learning. I'll ask you or Ms. Somerville: How would you envisage that, please?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
I represent the riding of Halifax West. I've seen reports years ago that suggested that this riding is the most diverse riding east of Montreal. I could say it's immigration central for Atlantic Canada, but it's good to see more immigrants coming to other parts of Atlantic Canada and throughout the area.
I would dispute your argument a little bit that the region is highly rural. It is more rural in terms of population than the rest of the country, and that's an important point, but over the past couple of decades, it has become considerably more urban. I think you'd agree.
Nevertheless, I want to ask you about the labour market challenges we face here in Atlantic Canada. To what degree do you find, from your members, that labour retention is an issue? How does it compare to attracting new talent? How does that dynamic work?
How do you think the Atlantic region, as a whole, is doing with its objectives of attracting and retaining newcomers? What role is the Atlantic immigration pilot playing?
View Geoff Regan Profile
Lib. (NS)
Let me ask Mr. Vander Ploeg about your experience with some of the pilot programs that the government has had, like the agri-food immigration pilot.
Do you see that this is a route the government should expand on, or are there elements of that which you think have been positive?
View Andy Fillmore Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Andy Fillmore Profile
2021-05-05 16:28
Thanks, Chair, and a tremendous thanks to our witnesses for joining us today. You've each brought a unique and interesting perspective, and I want to say thank you for that.
I have the great privilege of representing Halifax, the home of Canada's east coast navy, the home port, and home to HMCS Sackville, so you won't be surprised if I am going to direct my questions to Captain Woodburn and Commander Brown as we proceed through today.
Wendall, it's nice to see you. We usually see each other at the Battle of the Atlantic event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. We've been unable to do that two years running now. I look forward to seeing you very soon once we emerge from this malaise that we're all under.
As you know, I've had the privilege many times of being aboard Sackville, including in the war room with the late great Jim Reddy, to hear him wax poetic about the history of Sackville, and its role in Canada's nationhood. It is a remarkable story, and one that absolutely needs to be preserved and maintained. That's really what I want to talk to you about.
I would ask each of you, Captain Woodburn and Commander Brown, to use the time I have for my questions to talk to us about what Sackville needs, and what you feel can and should be done to preserve it, so that its story can live on as the last surviving Canadian corvette.
View Andy Fillmore Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Andy Fillmore Profile
2021-05-05 16:35
Thank you, both.
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you, Chair.
Thanks for all the presentations we heard today, and thank you to those who have served and those who are contributing directly to the recognition of our men and women who serve.
I want to say hi to my colleagues in Nova Scotia, of course, Mr. Brown and Mr. Woodburn, and thank them for their work that they continue to do here in Nova Scotia to recognize the battle of the Sackville.
I really want to thank you as well, Mr. Harris, for your 42 years of research. It is very important. We need to have you in this study. Your information will be essential.
Also, thank you to my colleagues with the federal retirees and the big questions of who, what and how. These are very important questions for this study.
Mr. Gregory, thank you for your work for young people. I find that very impressive. This is so important in our research as we're going forward.
Mr. Sampson, I believe that you are from Nova Scotia. I don't know whether or not we are related, but it's a pleasure to meet you.
Thanks to all of you for that information. I have three quick questions.
I'll start off with my colleagues in Nova Scotia. You talked about the Sackville. I have a painting of the Sackville right in my office. It's from a veteran. I'm very proud of it, and every time I visit the ship, I'm always impressed.
You talked about celebrations. Very quickly, the Battle of the Atlantic is essential for everyone to know about. How are we celebrating that, not just in Nova Scotia, but in Atlantic Canada and in Canada as a whole?
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Maybe that's something you could send us some information on as we finish this study, because that's a very important one. We need all Canadians to be aware of this important battle.
My second question would be directed to Mr. Harris and Mr. Sampson. How do you think we can better apply a service of peace lens to recognize the other wars? We recognize World War I, World War II and the Korean War, of course, but for the other wars as well, how could we apply a better lens to the service of peace?
We'll start with Mr. Harris and then maybe go to Mr. Sampson very quickly.
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you. I think that's a very good approach as well.
Mr. Sampson, maybe you could give us your comments around that.
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
Thank you.
Do I have any time left, Mr. Chair?
View Darrell Samson Profile
Lib. (NS)
I can't negotiate on that piece.
Thank you.
View Andy Fillmore Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Andy Fillmore Profile
2021-05-04 19:30
Mr. Chair, just before we get to that, I have a point of order.
View Andy Fillmore Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Andy Fillmore Profile
2021-05-04 19:30
Could we release the minister at this time?
View Andy Fillmore Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Andy Fillmore Profile
2021-05-04 19:32
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I'll just start by saying it's really unfortunate, and it's fairly plain to me, and I think to any impartial observer, what this motion is really about. It's to foment a lack of confidence in the Canada Infrastructure Bank just at the very moment when Canadians need it most and most need to have investment in their communities.
I think I spoke from my heart at the last meeting about my disappointment that we find ourselves in this position. We're all sent here to represent our communities and to do the best we can for them. The reason that we have all been sent here is being sacrificed in favour of what I think is some less than admirable political point-scoring.
I want to resume a part of the discussion that we did get in to at the last meeting, and that is about the length of time in Ms. Kusie's motion. This could run into thousands and thousands of pages of documents to be produced and to do this is just 20 days.... Earlier, we had an amendment to increase it to 60 days. That failed. I think Mr. Bachrach attempted to stretch it to 30 days, and that failed.
I hope the opposition will at least agree to amend the deadline. I would like to meet somewhere in the middle, but to at least agree to amend the deadline to provide the Infrastructure Bank with 45 days. With that goal, I would like, if I could, to read it with a proposed amendment to the motion—“within 45 days”— included. It is as follows:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), an order of this committee do issue for a copy of all relevant documents relating to the agreement signed with ITC holdings regarding the Lake Erie Connector, including, but not limited to, the agreement itself, all correspondence between ITC Holdings and the CIB, any appendices, terms of a repayment schedule, the Bank’s evaluation of the project and any other relevant documents in an unredacted form within 45 days of the adoption of this order.
Thank you, Chair.
View Andy Fillmore Profile
Lib. (NS)
View Andy Fillmore Profile
2021-05-04 19:36
Yes. Thank you, Chair.
I appreciate the question for clarification from Mr. Bachrach. It is intended to reflect in fact the exact intention of Ms. Kusie's motion, not Mr. Scheer's. It simply amends the timeline to 45 days so that we can be fair in the demands we're placing on the CIB to provide an intense amount of documentation—and also, by the way, translated documentation.
Thank you.
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