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View Gary Vidal Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to start today by acknowledging that we are meeting today on National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.
From a personal perspective, I am thrilled to have representatives from the two largest tribal councils in my riding. I have Ms. Mirasty and Vice-Chief Tsannie here, representing 21 out of 25 first nations in my riding. I don't think it was planned that way, but it worked out very well to have them here, and I'm really excited about that. I want to welcome both of you.
Ms. Mirasty, I'm going to start with you, and then I'll get some time in with Vice-Chief Tsannie as well.
You gave us about 75 different things that we could talk about relative to the pandemic response, and there was so much there. I want to focus a bit, first of all, on emergency planning. You briefly mentioned emergency planning.
I know that for the nine first nations you represent, some are more remote than others. Could you share a bit about the emergency plans and what benefit they were—EMO coordination, and some of that? You talked about the North West Communities Incident Command Centre, which arose in the midst of the pandemic.
What has been learned about the importance of emergency plans not just being a plan on a shelf that collects dust, but something that is a vibrant document that is ready to go the next time we face an emergency, in your case in northwest Saskatchewan?
View Gary Vidal Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you for that.
I know you're in the midst of it every day, and I appreciate the work you do.
I'm going to switch over to Vice-Chief Tsannie for one quick question. I will hopefully get back to you both a bit later.
Vice-Chief, just last week you faced an evacuation at Stanley Mission due to a forest fire in your territory. We're very thankful...I don't think anybody was hurt, and the rain came and helped deal with that more quickly than it has in the past.
One thing you and I have had conversations about in the past is access to your home community of Hatchet Lake and to Wollaston Lake Road, and how that is a potential impediment to emergency planning, especially in a forest fire situation. You had a fire there a few years ago.
Could you speak to the importance of road access as it leads to emergency planning for your home nation?
View Gary Vidal Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Mirasty, I'm going to ask you to make a clear statement on this because I have limited time. I'm going to try to get you to do this in a couple of minutes or less.
When you were talking about your SWOT analysis, one of the weaknesses you talked about was lockdowns. Under the threats you talked about working from home.
I want you to make a statement, so we get it on the record and so we know in the future, if we were ever to face something similar to what we did with the COVID-19 pandemic, what your recommendation would be for the communities that you serve, to respond to things like lockdowns and working from home.
View Gary Vidal Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you for that answer.
I was going to ask Vice-Chief Tsannie this question, but I think, Vice-Chief, you've done a great job of advocating for the Canadian Rangers in northern Saskatchewan, so I'll change this up a bit.
Dr. Coates, you're obviously a very knowledgeable gentleman. Would you speak to the suggestion that Vice-Chief Tsannie has made about a Canadian Rangers base in northern Saskatchewan? Do you believe that would be beneficial for many of the reasons the vice-chief has already so admirably advocated in his presentation today?
View Gary Vidal Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you for that.
I have a bit of time left, so, Vice-Chief, you are going to get the last word on this.
Vice-Chief, get on the record again your advocacy for a Canadian Rangers base in northern Saskatchewan.
Talk until the chair cuts you off, please.
Voices: Oh, oh!
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you for bearing with us while we went through the votes, etc.
Welcome, everyone, to the committee and to meeting number 27 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. The committee is meeting today to hear from the Parliamentary Budget Officer regarding the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report on Canada’s military expenditure.
For the last 30 minutes of the meeting, we will go in camera to discuss committee business.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application. Regarding the speaking list, the committee clerk and I will do our best to maintain a consolidated order of speaking for all members participating virtually or in person. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all participants of this meeting that taking screenshots or photos of your screen is not permitted.
Given the ongoing pandemic situation, and in light of the recommendations of public health authorities and the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on October 19, 2021, the following is recommended to remain healthy and safe: As we're all aware, there is hand sanitizer at the front of the room when you come in. Please use that. Recognize that we have mechanisms to wipe down your mikes, seats and tables. You're asked to wear a mask when circulating around the room and maintaining a distance during that time. As the chair, I will be enforcing these measures for the duration of the meeting, and I thank members in advance for their co-operation.
I would like to welcome Mr. Giroux back to the committee.
It's good to see you again, sir. Thank you very much for agreeing to attend and bearing with us during this last hour's delay. You have five minutes to make an opening statement.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Giroux.
We will now go to questioning. We'll start with Mr. McCauley.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. McCauley.
Do you have that electronically so that you can...?
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay, thank you.
We'll circulate that as quickly as we can.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
With that we will go to....
Are you done, Mr. McCauley?
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
If we have agreement, then we don't need a debate on it.
Is there agreement around the room to...? It doesn't have to be unanimous.
Mr. Johns, you have your hand up.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Certainly. He's going to read the motion so we can hear it again.
Mr. Johns, the clerk will also send it out right away as well.
Mr. McCauley, can you read it back so we can hear it?
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
Mr. Johns, did you have anything further? Thumbs-up, okay. I'm seeing thumbs up around the room.
(Motion agreed to)
The Chair: You have two minutes and 30 seconds.
View Robert Kitchen Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you.
We'll now go to Mr. Housefather for six minutes.
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