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View Michael Kram Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much to all members of the panel for joining us today. It's good to see that we're keeping well during these challenging times.
As I'm sure you're aware, pipelines are a major issue for southern Saskatchewan, for two reasons. First of all, because Saskatchewan has a lot of oil and natural gas, we want to extract and export to the rest of the world, and second, because many of the pipelines themselves are manufactured by Evraz steel just outside of Regina. As we come out of this pandemic, I would love nothing more than to see good, high-paying jobs created in both the resource sector and the steel manufacturing sector, both in Saskatchewan and across the country.
The website of Global Affairs Canada states that one of its priorities is to “deepen engagement with the U.S...on key areas such as...energy”. My question to the panel is this: How is the Government of Canada meeting this goal with regard to the Keystone XL pipeline and making sure that construction of that pipeline continues on both the Canadian and the American sides of the border?
Eric Walsh
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Eric Walsh
2020-07-09 14:07
Sure, I'm happy to do that.
As you know, Canada is the leading, most secure, reliable, sustainable and competitive supplier of energy to the United States, and that includes crude oil and refined petroleum products, natural gas, electricity, hydro power and uranium. In our fight against climate change, we are taking action to move to a more carbon-free economy, but every projection indicates that economies will need significant quantities of fossil fuels up to 2040.
Canada strongly supports the completion of new and expanded cross-border energy infrastructure, and that includes Keystone XL, which the member mentioned, as well as Line 3 replacement and Line 5 projects. We believe this will benefit both Canada and the U.S., and we are working closely with provinces and other Canadian stakeholders on these projects.
View Michael Kram Profile
CPC (SK)
In a similar vein, what is the Government of Canada doing to make sure that Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline continues to remain in operation?
Eric Walsh
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Eric Walsh
2020-07-09 14:08
Yes, it's one of the lines I mentioned. It's very important to us. We are engaging with partners in the U.S., both at the state and federal levels, as well as regulators to try to ensure that it continues to be the case.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
I have a brief comment replying to Ms. Dzerowicz. The Library of Parliament information that we've received, in terms of funding, clearly shows that the peak for funding for the Auditor General was 2011. It was a minority government going into a majority government. It was $95 million, and it's fallen to $87.9 million. You don't need to be an auditor general to know that $95 million is considerably more than $87.9 million. That's in current dollars. In constant dollars, the difference between what the Auditor General should be getting and what it is getting is even greater.
Again, Liberals and Conservatives have been finger-pointing. They've both been awful and they both should be ashamed of themselves, but a minority Parliament will restore the appropriate funding, and hopefully, Ms. Hogan will be able to get that independent funding mechanism. That's vitally important.
I have a couple of questions for Mr. Hayes, and one for you, Ms. Hogan.
The issues of the infrastructure bank, I assume, will include what has been flagged by a number of people, the executive bonuses that have been part of the infrastructure bank and the massive staff turnover. That's my question for you.
Mr. Hayes, in terms of the commissioner of the environment, when will a permanent person be chosen? As I understand it, you continue to be an interim commissioner. On July 8, will any reports be released by the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development?
Finally, on subsidies for oil and gas—
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
—what is the problem, in terms of being able to document and respond to that?
Thank you.
Andrew Hayes
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Andrew Hayes
2020-06-22 13:18
Thank you.
In terms of upcoming reports, we do have a report that was scheduled to be tabled in May of this year and that will be presented in the fall. It's on the transportation of dangerous goods. That will come along with my annual obligation of presenting my findings on sustainable development plans and petitions.
In terms of fossil fuel subsidies, I would guess, in terms of where your question was going, the challenge is to identify a clear definition on what is an inefficient fossil fuel subsidy in the context of Canada's national circumstances.
Bill Bewick
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Bill Bewick
2020-06-18 18:10
Absolutely. The oil and gas sector is actually only about 25% of our economy. We have diversified considerably over the last 30 years through various means, including a lower regulatory burden and lower taxes on companies. Alberta is raring to go.
Of course, when you have the third-biggest proven reserves of oil and it's a product that's highly in demand across the world, it's inevitable that it's going to carry a big weight in your national economy. If we can get that functioning at a somewhat competitive level, then everything else is going to take off. I'm extremely confident about that. We will be back to providing a lot of support to the rest of Canada in terms of jobs here for people who are underemployed in their home communities, or with manufacturing jobs that spin off to those communities and all the net transfers our higher incomes are able to provide for the rest of the country.
View James Cumming Profile
CPC (AB)
What are you hearing from the resource sector on the loan programs? It was suggested that it would be days. Then it became weeks, and now it's months, and we still haven't actually seen the details on a lot of these loan programs. Is that adding to the frustration with the province and with that energy sector?
Bill Bewick
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Bill Bewick
2020-06-18 18:11
Yes. I mean, the $1 billion that has been earmarked for potential reclamation is helpful, but as I've pointed out, look at how much Albertans contribute to national revenues. We paid about $1.4 billion or $1.5 billion into the $9-billion auto sector bailout in 2009. We paid more to help bail out Ontario's auto sector than it looks like we're getting to help our own sector at this critical time. We certainly hope more is coming, but so far it's been pretty quiet.
Something else we've pointed out at Fairness Alberta is that the fiscal stabilization fund also really needs reform. Retroactive payments have been unanimously agreed to by the premiers. We hope we see some action on that as well.
View Philip Lawrence Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
My first question is for Mr. Bewick.
I'd like to ask him a harsh question, but one that I think is raised far too often.
What would happen to Alberta if the oil and gas industry was stopped today?
Bill Bewick
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Bill Bewick
2020-06-18 18:45
As I said, Alberta has diversified a great deal since the 1980s, I think in large part due to lower taxes and lower regulations, but also from spinoffs from the wealth created by that oil sector. We are in a place where we have other things we do, of course, but it would have a pretty drastic effect, just as it would in any province if 25% of the economy was a certain industry and that industry disappeared tomorrow. It would be a pretty dire recovery for a decade at least, but Albertans are resourceful and hard-working and I'm sure we'd find a way to struggle back.
Looking at it the other way, it would be a real lost opportunity for Canada to continue to profit and have spinoff jobs from an industry that provides a product that the world is going to be wanting in copious amounts for another three decades at least.
View Philip Lawrence Profile
CPC (ON)
For sure. Thank you, Mr. Bewick.
Ms. Cobden, what would be the impact to your industry if Alberta's oil and gas industry ended today?
Catherine Cobden
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Catherine Cobden
2020-06-18 18:46
Again, just to reiterate, Alberta's energy sector is a very important market for Canadian steel, so for it to continue to be prosperous is certainly a very important objective of ours.
We think of our marketplace in thirds—the auto sector is a third, the construction and infrastructure sector is a third, and the energy sector is a full third of our marketplace, so it would be very significant, clearly.
View Philip Lawrence Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
Mr. Sands, what would happen if Alberta's oil and gas stopped? What would be the impact on the grocery stores in Alberta, and across the country, really?
Gary Sands
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Gary Sands
2020-06-18 18:47
It would significantly increase prices. The cost of transporting goods is a significant one in terms of the bottom line. It would have a huge impact on our industry, particularly because many products are seasonal and there are imports.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Mr. Chair, this petition is put forward by constituents in my riding of Nanaimo—Ladysmith who are very concerned about climate change and government action on climate change.
They are calling upon the government, the House of Commons and Parliament assembled to update Canada's climate action targets to reflect science and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2018 report, eliminate all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, invest in a just transition for oil and gas workers, cease from purchasing, subsidizing or supporting any future fossil fuel infrastructure and invest in clean, renewable energy and/or other climate and socially conscious investment opportunities.
I'd like to thank my constituent, Vic Brice, for putting this forward.
View Tim Uppal Profile
CPC (AB)
Madam Chair, the CEO of Cequence Energy stated that the supports for the oil and gas sector are deceitful. He went on to say, “I feel like it was a fanfare by the federal government to try and provide window dressing to an industry that I am not sure it supports.”
Simply put, Madam Chair, more needs to be done to support the oil and gas sector. Will this government provide real support for the oil and gas sector, as it promised to do back in March?
View Dan Vandal Profile
Lib. (MB)
Madam Chair, the oil sector and its workers continue to be affected by COVID-19 and the global surge in oil supply. Our government has taken action, including providing funding to B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan, that will clean up as many as 40,000 inactive and abandoned wells while creating thousands of jobs.
In fact, a study by AltaCorp Capital said this money could double the entire market for well abandonment reclamation work in western Canada and is projected to create up to 15,000 to 21,000—
View Tim Uppal Profile
CPC (AB)
Madam Chair, we have heard time and time again that the current support is just not enough. In fact, analogies that many stakeholders are using include “loan sharking” and “payday loans” to describe the conditions for the help that is available.
The government has gutted Alberta's energy sector and taken advantage of its prosperity for far too long, and now, in a time of crisis, it is continuing to show them the cold shoulder.
On what date will this government provide real help to help Alberta's oil and gas sector get back on track?
View Dan Vandal Profile
Lib. (MB)
Madam Chair, nothing could be further from the truth. Our government understands that businesses in the energy sector are dealing with unprecedented challenges.
Through the BCAP, we are helping SMEs that make up to 85% of the jobs in the sector have access to the liquidity they need to cover operational expenses during this very challenging time.
Many companies are indeed working with their financial institutions—more than 120 financial institutions, I may add—and we—
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I rise to present two petitions today. The first deals with the issue of oil tankers on the west coast of Canada. Petitioners call on the government to establish a permanent ban on the entire west coast to protect British Columbia's fishery and tourism and coastal communities.
The second petition, which is somewhat dated, obviously, urges the Government of Canada not to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, which is described as a pipeline that is old and likely to leak, as it just did.
View Tim Uppal Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, the economic turmoil in Alberta did not start because of COVID-19 or the decline in oil prices. Since this government took office in 2015, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost. Billions of dollars of investment have left the energy industry because of disastrous policies brought in by this Liberal government—policies like Bill C-69, the no-more-pipelines bill; Bill C-48, the tanker ban; and the job-killing carbon tax.
Alberta's energy industry creates thousands of jobs right across Canada and pays for much-needed infrastructure right across the country. Months ago, the Liberals promised support for the energy industry, but Albertans are still waiting.
Alberta's innovation and prosperity are necessary for Canada's economy to recover from this pandemic. It's time for this government to support the energy sector and let it prosper, not strangle it with over-regulation and half-hearted efforts of support.
Why don't the Liberals see that when Alberta prospers, all of Canada prospers?
View Chris Warkentin Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
The minister continues to fail Canadians. Eighty-four days ago, the finance minister said that there would be help for Canada's oil and gas sector. He said that it would be in place within hours, if not days.
This is for the minister: How many companies have now received the liquidity support that he promised?
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, I think it's important to know that we have had literally tens of thousands of companies in Alberta among the hundreds of thousands of companies across the country that have accessed the Canada emergency business account. We've had companies from Alberta look at the large enterprise—
View Chris Warkentin Profile
CPC (AB)
Mr. Chair, the minister continues to mislead Canadians. The oil and gas representatives say that not a single company has received the promised liquidity through the BDC, loan guarantees through EDC or funding through the emissions reduction fund.
When will the minister fulfill his promise and give these supports to these companies?
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, we will continue to work to support enterprises across the country. The programs we put in place are having an impact. We're making sure that those programs are able to be delivered, and the reserve-based lending approach under the BCAP will certainly be there to help those companies in the energy sector in Alberta to weather this challenge.
View Chris Warkentin Profile
CPC (AB)
The minister said 84 days ago that liquidity would be available to these companies within hours, if not days.
Can the minister name one company that has received the promised liquidity support?
View Bill Morneau Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, we'd be happy to get to the member, if he makes the request directly to my office, the lists of companies that have received many different forms of loans. There will continue to be opportunities for companies to get further loans.
View Chris Warkentin Profile
CPC (AB)
Is the minister calling oil and gas representatives who say that nobody has received this support as of yet liars?
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