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View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our guests for being here.
I just wanted to point out that I got involved in municipal council back in 1991 in the township of Keppel. I was on what they then called the waste management committee. Today it's the environmental committee; the names have changed. I was actually part of the team that initiated the very first recycling in our rural part of Ontario. I believe strongly in recycling, but I'm also a realist and I realize there are limitations. You've pointed out some of them. Our recycling actually extended the life of our dump by an estimated 23 to 25 years, so there was a value for the taxpayer right there.
You talked about traceability. Remember, I have only six minutes. Very briefly, in 30 seconds, how would you define “traceability”?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
I'm not sure what we can do to stop plastics ending up in other countries. I would think that this is an exception more than it is the norm.
Mr. Wilson, you also talked about increasing the price, and Mr. Amos mentioned the real cost. Well, the real cost of something is what somebody is willing to pay for it. Consumers, being what we are.... I'll use an example. I get a lot of constituents who complain, “Oh, we have to stop stuff from China coming into Canada.” There's only one way to do that—it's consumer responsibility. If you and I, as consumers, don't buy it, they're not going to sell it here. They might sell it to somebody else, but overall they'll sell less. Really, at the end of the day, how does increasing the price work? The consumer ultimately pays more. The manufacturer pays more.
I have just 30 seconds left.
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Do you add them to the cost of the product?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay, maybe I could ask you my next question, because I know I'm going to run out of time.
Mr. Delage, there is one thing I did want to say. You had a really good suggestion on windshield washer fluid. That is something practical. Actually, I was gassing up the other day and I needed some, and I was thinking, “Man, it would be nice if I could just refill that jug lying in the back of my car.” That's something I think we can work on.
Now, with respect to educating developing countries.... We see some of the images, on social media especially, of piles and piles of plastic in the water. I think we'd all agree that, with the odd exception in North America, most of it is in developing countries or whatever. Mr. Valiante, could you speak to that and to how we might address it? Is educating developing countries the only part of the equation?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. It's good to be here. I have been here before, but not very often.
Thank you to the witnesses for being here.
Mr. Hamilton, this question would be for you.
How many years have you been in the public service, or with CRA?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. I still think my question is relevant.
In your years in the public service or CRA, and so on, have you ever been exposed to a situation or a budget where something similar to the changes that would benefit SNC-Lavalin were included in the budget bill? Have you ever seen a situation such as that?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
That's fair enough.
This is my last question before I turn it over to Mr. Richards. Do you think it's appropriate or relevant that changes such as that be included in a regular budget bill? Is that the right place for it?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
You can't or won't comment?
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
That's fair enough.
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
There are many directions I'd like to go in here, but time won't allow doing so.
Mr. Young, you mentioned something a few minutes ago about a lack of fish. I think this is something most people would agree has been the case for some time. There's no doubt there has been a human presence in that problem—call it mismanagement or whatever.
Here is what I want to say on this. Norway had a big problem a few years ago with seals. Everybody knows that the amount, in pounds, of fish that seals eat is tremendous. While Norway didn't call it a seal cull, the seals disappeared.
My question to all of you—and because of time, it needs a yes-or-no answer—is whether you think it's time that Canada should look at whatever it was that Norway did.
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay.
I'll just point out that in the province of Ontario—I live on Georgian Bay, one of the best freshwater fisheries anywhere—cormorants are a huge problem. The Ontario government is now looking at that problem, and it looks likely that something is going to happen.
Mr. Nishidate.
View Larry Miller Profile
CPC (ON)
You should get into politics.
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