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View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you so much, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon to our witnesses.
I'd like to welcome you to your House of Commons.
I'm an MP from Quebec. In my riding, there aren't, strictly speaking, any forest areas and forestry companies as vast and successful as the ones you mentioned earlier.
However, I'd still like to point out that this industry is very important to the Quebec economy. Earlier, Ms. Brassard gave us a good picture of the reality: the industry is much more than just producing planks, much more than lumberjack work, it's also high-tech.
Three years ago, I went to the Fjord region, in the riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord, and I discovered the scent of wood. I was very happy to discover that smell, a smell I like to breathe when I'm walking around. Moreover, wood is used in the composition of many by-products. As Ms. Brassard said earlier, the industry is modernizing, it gives rise to added value. It must change, improve, and that is exactly what's happening.
Ms. Brassard also reported on the investments that have been made and the steps taken by Canada Economic Development. During the years 2009 to 2013, when I was a member of the provincial government, there were fruitful and interesting collaborations that proved beneficial to Quebec workers in the forestry sector. I am also very pleased to point out that those years coincided with my time in government.
Thereafter, we cannot say that things have improved. By a strange coincidence, exactly four years ago today, March 11, do you know where our Prime Minister was? He was in the White House with his good friend, the president at the time, Barack Obama—it's nice to have good relationships like that—and it would have been an extraordinary opportunity to resolve the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and the United States.
What existed four years ago still exists today. Unfortunately, four years ago, when there was perfect harmony between the two heads of state, the Canadian head of state and the American head of state, our Prime Minister failed to resolve this problem which, unfortunately, is affecting the forestry sector, both in Quebec and across Canada, namely the issue of tariffs.
The issue of the tariff problem is a huge one; it is still a 20% tariff, and its application has repercussions. We won another victory last September. Once again, the arbitration tribunal ruled in our favour as Canadians. So what's the big deal? The problem is that this victory has yet to be proven and more needs to be done.
Ms. Brassard, can you explain to us what impact the U.S. anti-dumping tariff, which was challenged by the court, has had on the forestry industry in Quebec?
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
Perfect.
Entrepreneurs are knocking on your door, and your advertisements say that you're the only bank to invest in businesses.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
You're right. I'm sorry, and I apologize. I'm using the wrong abbreviation.
What is the main concern of entrepreneurs when they knock on your door? What brings them to you, other than the fact that they have to deal with this U.S. tariff of more than 20%?
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
As for softwood lumber, our main customer is definitely the United States because it's the closest country to us, geographically.
At the same time, it's the country that's holding us most hostage when they charge such a high tariff. Do entrepreneurs tell you about it when they knock on your door?
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
Can we talk about networking between Canadian companies and provincial companies?
Quebec companies obviously work together to support each other. However, can we consider more co-operative networking with other Canadian companies from coast to coast to coast?
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
Very good, thank you.
That's what we want.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I would like to thank the commissioner for being here today.
You touched upon a subject earlier that surprised me. You mentioned best practices used in other countries, but not here. If we were to compare ourselves to other countries, we might not look so bad. In any event, are there countries whose notable access to information practices deserve our attention?
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
You said that there was a major increase in the number of complaints. Do you know why this is the case? This is really recent. A 225% increase is enormous. It seems to me that an annual 10% to 20% increase would already be significant.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
Would an access to information request have to be made to find out the name of the institution that is receiving so many complaints? If Canadians' rights are being violated, then, there is truly a problem at that institution.
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
I might have a small piece of advice. As we are receiving many—
View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
Okay. I will come back to it later.
View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
First, I want to thank the witnesses for joining us today and for answering our questions.
Mr. Lanthier, thank you for your 30 years of service. I wish you a happy end to your career and a very happy retirement.
Minister Sajjan, supplementary estimates (B) include $487.3 million for your department. How much of that amount is intended for the Bagotville base?
View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
Regardless of the choice of the next fighter jet, you know that we must upgrade our hangars or build new ones.
Is your department ready for this?
View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
In principle, we'll have our first aircraft in 2025. Will this work begin in the near future? Do you plan to start work on these hangars, if necessary?
View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
You just mentioned drones. Can you provide an update on Canadian military drones? Where do things stand?
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