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View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
Thank you.
I want to thank the witnesses for being here.
You will easily understand my position, Ms. Melhorn. Any act of sovereignty by a territory is welcome. Obviously, we agree on what you said. We will clearly support Bill C-530 because it represents an act of sovereignty. You know my party's position. The Aa1 credit-rating that Moody's gave you is indeed very good.
I see there is some uncertainty here. I know, Mr. Forbes, that you cannot take a political stand on behalf of the Minister and that you are engaged in the discussions. However, I want to ask you a question. How much, in millions of dollars, is 76% of the GNWT's budget? How much is that exactly?
View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
I understand. You also have to account for education.
Ms. Melhorn, do you think you could do without that $1 billion if your government had no borrowing limits?
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BQ (QC)
Okay.
Thus, you need the federal funding. I understand. Canada has a system, which is equalization. Correct me if I'm wrong, Mr. Forbes, there is legislation that requires the department to apply the federal territorial act in order to give the territories the funds they request.
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BQ (QC)
You said that if Bill C-530 is passed, "it could also put the federal Cabinet in a difficult situation".
I do not really understand what you mean. Up to that point, everything was clear.
View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
I will now ask you the $6 million question: how much does the federal government get from natural resources or natural resource projects in the Northwest Territories? Do you have an estimate of these revenues?
View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
Let us assume it is less. However, we all know there are discussions about a pipeline in the Northwest Territories. There are gas, oil and mining operations. We know what to expect in the future. Finance Canada surely has estimates of the potential wealth of the territories.
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BQ (QC)
Please go ahead, Mr. Schoenhofer.
View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
Have any studies been made to evaluate the economic development potential of the North in the areas of oil, gas and mining? Do you have a list of the license applications received? Do you presently have an evaluation of these resources? What does this represent in terms of revenues for the next five years?
View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
But, Mr. Forbes, we can guess that--
Perhaps I will ask the question to Ms. Melhorn. I suspect you want to answer.
Are there any evaluations? I can tell you about development in northern Quebec where exploration and mining operations will produce billions of dollars in spinoffs. The territories are lucky to have gas and oil resources. I heard about the road to Tuktoyaktuk and so on. How much money are these projects expected to produce? Do you have an evaluation of the revenues to be expected from mining, gas and oil exploration and development projects?
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BQ (QC)
Mr. Bevington, you surely know that we intended to start clause-by-clause study of the bill in a few minutes.
In answer to my colleague, Mr. Payne, you said that you would agree to let the Auditor General study the bill. You know that this could indefinitely delay its passage. Is it really necessary for the Auditor General to review the implications of Bill C-530?
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BQ (QC)
Mr. Chair, I cannot agree with my colleague. This is not the question I asked. As a matter of fact, I asked Mr. Bevington what he thought about a possible review of the bill by the Auditor General. He said he would agree if that was the will of the committee. But this is not what I want. I want clause-by-clause study of the bill to be done today. If the Auditor General has to intervene in this file, she can do it when the bill is reported back to the House. It would then be possible to know how the situation has evolved in regards to the increase of the borrowing limits.
I think there is an attempt to delay the process. I do not want to be bothered anymore with the Canada economic action plan or a future road to Tuktoyaktuk. Mr. Chair, this has nothing to do with the bill. We are here to advance this file through clause-by-clause study of the bill. We should therefore vote against the parliamentary secretary's proposal.
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BQ (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
And thank you to the witnesses for being here today.
What I have to say is directed at parents and to Mr. Penner, a father. I appreciate what it took for you to come here today to describe what you went though, what society did and, above all, what it did not do to help parents and victims who have gone through the same thing you have.
I can tell you that I argued many a case in youth court, and I met a number of parents such as yourself. The problem I have, and I say this in all honesty, is that everything you just mentioned is in the current act. Everything you are asking for is already in the current act. It would not have to be amended or revised. Everything is already there, I can assure you, in sections 38, 39 and 40 of the current act. I have read them and argued cases relying on them. It is all there.
The question we need to ask instead is why were you, the parents of these children, not informed. There is a problem somewhere. I am being completely sincere. When you read the specific sentences set out in sections 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42, everything is clearly laid out. It's all there. What really concerns me, what is so unfortunate here, is that the courts do not seem to be using them.
I cannot speak for British Columbia or for any other province besides Quebec, but I can tell you that the crime rate has gone down. Yes, violent crimes are still committed, of course. And yes, we still have street gangs, as Mr. Petit will probably tell you in a few minutes. Yes, that is true. Nevertheless, everything is already in the current act. I hate the fact that you cannot access the information you want. And I say that with all sincerity.
Do we need to amend the act? Do we need to include parents? Do we need to notify you and keep you informed, as set out in the current Criminal Code? The Criminal Code contains specific provisions that allow victims—such as yourself—to appear before the court and tell your stories.
I won't take up any more time with that. I will get to my question. This is for Mr. Wamback and obviously Mr. Penner. I would ask that you keep your answers brief, and you can have the rest of my time.
Why do we need to change the legislation to address your concerns when everything is already there? What is missing? What should be in there?
I had clients who delighted in going before the juvenile court under the Young Offenders Act. They would have loved to have their names posted everywhere because they would have come off looking all thuggish or tough. I am not convinced that amending the Criminal Code to make their names public would be such a good idea.
Mr. Chair, I am not sure how much time I have left, but I will give it to Mr. Penner and Mr. Wamback, because I want to hear what they have to say in response.
View Marc Lemay Profile
BQ (QC)
I'll try to be quick.
Regarding your third recommendation about the application of the Corbiere decision, I believe it applies to the Cree. I want to give you a heads up at this time. I suggest you start talking to the federal government, because as a lawyer, I can tell you that this decision should apply to the Cree. You have some work to do in this area.
I'm interested in what is happening with the Washaw Sibi nation, the 10th Cree community. Members of this community live on Algonquian land near the town of Amos.
Have any negotiations taken place? Can you update us on the situation? Is everything going well? We must not upset one community just to please another. Many Algonquians are of Cree descent. It's entirely normal to see some blending of these nations. Was this one of the concerns you raised during negotiations over the establishment of the Washaw Sibi nation?
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