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View Sherry Romanado Profile
Lib. (QC)
I now call this meeting to order. Good morning, everyone.
Welcome to meeting number six of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of September 23, 2020. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. Be aware that the website will show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the committee.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I'd like to outline a few rules, as usual. Members and witnesses may speak in the official language of their choice. Interpretation services are available for this meeting, and you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of “Floor”, “English” or “French”.
For members participating in person, please proceed as you usually would when the full committee is meeting in person in the committee room, keeping in mind the directives from the Board of Internal Economy regarding masking and health protocols.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are on video conference, please click on your microphone to unmute yourself. For those in the room, the microphone will be controlled as usual by the proceedings and verification officer. This is a reminder that all comments must be addressed through the chair. When you're not speaking, please mute your microphone.
With regard to the speaking list, the clerk and I will be doing our best to maintain the speaking order.
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the committee is meeting today to continue its study on the main estimates 2020-21.
As is my normal practice, I will hold up a yellow card when you have 30 seconds left in your intervention and a red card when your time is up. Please respect the time limits, as we want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to have their turn.
I'd like to welcome our witnesses for the first panel. We have the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. I will introduce our other guests at the end of this first panel and the beginning of the next so that we do not delay any further.
With that, I will turn the floor over to Minister Bains. You have the floor for five minutes.
View Warren Steinley Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Thank you to the ministers who are present today. I'll be sending my questions in the direction of Minister Joly.
First I want to thank Mr. Duguid and Minister Joly for giving me a glimpse into the psyche of Liberals when talking about western Canada. It's a rare opportunity when I can see two Liberal members have that discussion.
Minister Joly, you were very happy about saving 23,000 jobs in western Canada—except, prior to COVID-19, Alberta and western Canada lost almost 200,000 jobs, so it's really like cheering in a hockey game after scoring your first goal, but you're still down 10 to one.
That's something you guys should keep in mind. Before COVID-19, there was a double whammy in western Canada. It was called Bill C-69 and Bill C-48, the no-more-pipelines bill and the anti-tanker bill. As well, the carbon tax has continued to cripple our economy. You increase the carbon tax every April 1, which is a terrible April Fool's joke on western Canadians.
I'm going to focus some of my question towards the regional economic growth through innovation program. In the estimates now, the spending was supposed to be $631,000,726. It combines southern Ontario, Quebec, western diversification and northern Ontario economic diversification. I'm wondering if there's a complete list of programs that this has funded and if you could table that with the committee.
View Mélanie Joly Profile
Lib. (QC)
Well, thank you, dear colleague. It is a pleasure for me to have the chance to talk to you, for the first time directly, about what we're doing for the west.
Obviously I've had the chance to talk to many business people in the west, including the different members of the Alberta chambers of commerce, the Calgary and Edmonton chambers of commerce, the Saskatchewan chambers of commerce, the Saskatoon and the Regina chambers of commerce, the Manitoba chambers of commerce, the Winnipeg chamber of commerce, and the same for B.C. Clearly, I'm very much aware of not only the anxiety that is going through people in the west, many of whom live off the fossil fuel sector; I'm very much aware that the reality is also different in British Columbia.
Since the beginning of our mandate, we've done a lot in the regional economic development file to support Western Economic Diversification. It had been cut by $50 million under the Harper government, which was sad, as the west was already going through a difficult time. We increased the budget before the pandemic. That was under the responsibility of my dear colleague Nav Bains, who is here with us. As well, now we've doubled the budget of Western Economic Diversification.
View Mélanie Joly Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Warren Steinley Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Madam Minister.
Do you know that record spending isn't a government policy goal and that it should be something whereby you're creating jobs, not just spending more money?
To the original question, can I have a list, through this committee, please, of all the programs done through the regional economic growth through innovation program?
View Mélanie Joly Profile
Lib. (QC)
Of course it is important for us to be providing that information for you as members of the opposition, but also to the public.
I know my esteemed public servants are on this call. Simon Kennedy, my deputy minister, is with us, as well as the CFO for ISED. Of course we will be providing that information.
View Warren Steinley Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much.
In the revised estimates, there's going to be $200 million more spent through this program. Could I also get an update for this committee on that extra $200 million?
View Mélanie Joly Profile
Lib. (QC)
The idea of supporting more businesses came about because what we saw through Western Economic Diversification was that there was really an uptake in the program. Many businesses needed more support, more than in other parts of the country. That's why we increased the budget, and therefore we've been providing more money to Western Economic Diversification than other agencies to deal with some of the backlog that we were facing. That's why there's more money and that's why we'll be providing—
View Sherry Romanado Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
With that we will have to end our questioning, because we have to move into the votes for the main estimates. I'd like to thank our witnesses again for their time today, and their testimony. If any follow-up is required.... I know there was some documentation requested of the deputy minister. Could you please make sure that it gets to the clerk so that he can circulate it to the committee members?
With that, before us we have the various votes under the main estimates. I believe there is some agreement here, but I would like to ask the committee if there is consent to carry all the votes on division and report the same back to the House.
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: That is perfect. Thank you.
ATLANTIC CANADA OPPORTUNITIES AGENCY
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$68,395,032
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$223,992,801
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
CANADIAN NORTHERN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$17,365,446
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$45,339,219
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$195,845,837
Vote 5—Capital expenditures..........$51,745,453
Vote 10—Grants and contributions..........$67,965,000
(Votes 1, 5 and 10 agreed to on division)
CANADIAN TOURISM COMMISSION
Vote 1—Payments to the Commission..........$95,665,913
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
COPYRIGHT BOARD
Vote 1—Program expenditures..........$3,834,507
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$459,957,408
Vote 5—Capital expenditures..........$7,433,000
Vote 10—Grants and contributions..........$2,389,191,705
Vote L15—Payments pursuant to subsection 14(2) of the Department of Industry Act..........$300,000
Vote L20—Loans pursuant to paragraph 14(1)(a) of the Department of Industry Act..........$500,000
(Votes 1, 5, 10, L15 and L20 agreed to on division)
DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$42,274,210
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$228,161,383
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF CANADA FOR THE REGIONS OF QUEBEC
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$40,468,977
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$255,628,788
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$30,390,354
Vote 5—Grants and contributions..........$218,183,579
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$454,716,057
Vote 5—Capital expenditures..........$56,400,030
Vote 10—Grants and contributions..........$461,135,770
(Votes 1, 5 and 10 agreed to on division)
NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH COUNCIL
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$54,411,479
Vote 5—Grants..........$1,304,972,077
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL
Vote 1—Operating expenditures..........$34,825,266
Vote 5—Grants..........$938,395,419
(Votes 1 and 5 agreed to on division)
STANDARDS COUNCIL OF CANADA
Vote 1—Payments to the Council..........$18,321,000
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
STATISTICS CANADA
Vote 1—Program expenditures..........$539,369,331
(Vote 1 agreed to on division)
View Sherry Romanado Profile
Lib. (QC)
Good morning, everyone.
I now call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number five of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of September 23, 2020. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website. Please be aware that the webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entirety of the committee.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I'd like to outline a few rules.
Members and witnesses may speak in the official language of their choice. Interpretation services are available for this meeting. You have the choice, at the bottom of your screen, of floor, English or French.
For members participating in person, proceed as you usually would when the whole committee is meeting in person in a committee room. Keep in mind the directives from the Board of Internal Economy regarding masking and health protocols.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are on video conference, please click on the microphone icon to unmute yourself. For those in the room, your microphone will be controlled as normal by the proceedings and verification officer. I remind you that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair. When you're not speaking, please mute your microphone.
With regard to the speakers list, the committee clerk and I will do our best to maintain the order of speaking for all members, whether they are participating virtually or in person.
Pursuant to Standing Order 81(4), the committee is meeting today to commence its study on the main estimates 2020-21.
As is my normal practice, I will hold up a yellow card when you have 30 seconds remaining in your intervention, and I will hold up a red card when the time for your intervention is over.
I'd now like to welcome our witnesses.
Today we have the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. We also have the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. From the Department of Industry, we have Simon Kennedy, deputy minister; Paul Thompson, associate deputy minister; and Douglas McConnachie, assistant deputy minister and CFO.
Each witness will present for up to five minutes, followed by rounds of questions. We want to be able to get two rounds in for the first hour with the ministers, so I will be very rigid on the clock.
With that, I will turn to Minister Ng. You have the floor for five minutes.
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