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View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd also like to thank the witnesses for joining us for a very interesting meeting today.
My first question is for Air Products.
Mr. Moore, you mentioned a few things that I thought were quite interesting. You mentioned not only the important announcement last week in Canada but also that you're pursuing a hydrogen production facility focused on green hydrogen.
I know there's—not to get too much into the debate over colours—sometimes a disagreement on whether it makes sense to produce blue hydrogen when there are estimates that over time, green hydrogen is going to be cheaper to produce.
I'm curious to hear what made you decide to pursue blue hydrogen in Alberta but then focus on producing green hydrogen in Saudi Arabia, just in terms of the cost profile of producing it.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you.
To follow up on that, I'm just curious if you could explain a little bit about how you see the announcement from last week fitting into the federal government's wider hydrogen strategy. What do you see as potential next steps in terms of your own company's projects, and also what you're hearing from some of your competitors in this market on what that might mean in terms of creating a hub?
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you.
That's actually a great segue to my next questions for Ballard Power.
I also hail from British Columbia, and we do have some hydrogen fuelling stations here. One is not far away from where I live. I am always quite impressed with the breadth of markets that Ballard is selling into and the range of products that your fuel cells are being used for, whether that's buses, trains, trucks, ships, cars, forklifts and more.
I was hoping you could discuss where you see the greatest opportunity for your products globally. What are the factors leading to that interest that we may be able to emulate in Canada to create that market here?
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I'm happy to bring it home here.
I'd like to pick up on a line of questioning that my colleague brought up earlier.
Mr. Moore, you mentioned that you were transporting hydrogen a total of 1,000 kilometres by pipeline in the gulf coast. I'm curious. Is this transport being done by purpose-built pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen, or is it going by natural gas pipeline?
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Have you modelled the capacity of transporting hydrogen with natural gas as some type of blend or mix? Do you have plans to do that with your new facility that's being built, hopefully in a few years, in Alberta?
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you.
The project announced last week was put together with support from several orders of government. At the federal level, we have brought in in a price on pollution so that the cost of polluting isn't externalized and we have reduced the carbon intensity of fuels through the clean fuel standard.
With these two measures steadily increasing in stringency over time, at what point do you see some of the projects, such as the one that was announced last week, being viable without having the additional government support?
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you.
I'd like to ask the same question to Mr. Roy as well.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
When you see the increasing price on pollution and the clean fuel standard, when are projects like that going to be cost-competitive?
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Absolutely, and I appreciate that.
One of the areas we haven't talked much about is the marine side. Canada is, of course, a trading nation, and in many respects our ports are ideally located to ship to Asia and also to Europe.
I live near the busiest port in Canada, one of the busiest in North America. I was hoping to first ask Mr. Roy and then Mr. Pocard about some of the opportunities you see in that sector, as well as with drayage and doing freight in and around ports.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd also like to thank our witnesses for their patience in joining our committee meeting tonight.
Maybe I should start by recognizing that I'm streaming from my home on the traditional unceded territory of Coast Salish peoples, including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations.
What came up in the opening comments for everybody was that one of the big barriers to having increased indigenous involvement in government procurement was the complexity of the RFP process. Mr. Ducharme mentioned a couple of things: the challenges with previous work history with the government and lack of feedback.
Mr. Ducharme, I was hoping you could explain a little bit on your thoughts about how the RFP process itself could be simplified and how that might be able to increase indigenous procurement.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you for that, Mr Ducharme.
I'd like to ask the same question to Ms. Suitor, as well as to Mr. Metatawabin.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
We would appreciate your sharing with the committee, if you could, the report that has those statistics.
A number of things have come up at this meeting today, including that some of the other jurisdictions that have set targets and increased targets, with enforcement measures to ensure they are met, have been able to meet them. I'd be curious to hear your comments on what changes took place within government procurement to facilitate that additional procurement, in addition to just the targets. What actual changes in their process took place that led to that improvement?
I'll go first to Mr. Metatawabin, please.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My first question, through you, is to Mr. Ducharme.
You mentioned in your introductory remarks that you were leading different training seminars with OSME. I'm wondering if you've been able to track the effectiveness of those training sessions in terms of if and how they led to more success through the procurement process with some of the businesses that were involved.
View Patrick Weiler Profile
Lib. (BC)
Thank you.
I have a general question for your opinion.
What level of awareness do you believe the federal government has on indigenous-owned capacity in different areas for procurement? I am just wondering if you see a need for that—maybe a training thing on the other side for the government—just to have a better understanding of where there are opportunities to work more with indigenous-owned companies.
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