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View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair, and good evening.
Last week we had Governor General David Johnston, and today we have two distinguished persons, including Mr. McDonald in person. I think it's quite an honour for our committee and a testament to our clerk and analysts for getting such top-quality people to come out to this study.
First, there's been a great discussion here tonight, but could you give me an indication of how SNOLAB works financially? I know that there are financial contributions from the federal government and also the provincial government. If there are projects or studies that want to be conducted, do they pay a fee to the SNOLAB to be able to have the right to practice there, or does the SNOLAB welcome people to do the research there? How does that work?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
In these endeavours that are very complex, and the breakdown of the way it would work, specifically on human resources, it seems to me.....
Can you tell the committee whether more people are now getting into these sciences? Is there a need for more to get in? Where is the state of the day with these highly educated individuals?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Let's say you were at a Tim Hortons coffee shop in Sudbury, just talking to a guy or a gal, and they asked you, “What the heck do you do there? What's the significance to the Canadian public for what you do?”
I mean, I understand it, but there are a lot of tax dollars going into it. I understand that there are some great results. How would you describe it to Joe Public at Tim Hortons who's curious about what goes on there and the benefit of it?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
In our last meeting we had, we had a good discussion. One of the points I made was that for a lot of where we need to go, we just don't have the ability to get there at this current juncture. I know our professors are talking about the Herculean efforts of World War II, etc.
This is for you, Mr. Johnston.
You're from a university environment. Think of the case of, say, health care, with our nurses and our doctors. I hear stories all the time from people in my riding whose kids, grandkids or whoever get way over 90% in high school. They got into university, and they got way over 90%. We need family doctors in rural areas, and we need emergency room doctors all over the place. They can get into university, but they can't get into medical school to be a doctor.
Can you give us an idea—I known you have worked almost your whole life in the university environment—of how this is happening?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
I think probably we'd all agree that we need to increase funding for health care so it can be used at the provincial level and also the university level.
The question about another moon shot, depending on how you look at it, is foreign credentials and being able to recognize.... You made some mention about international students and so forth. What about recognizing foreign credentials and looking at a moon shot in that, so people cannot be frustrated with the way things have turned out and they get to work in the field they studied in?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
One other topic, just before my time runs out, is that our professors have talked about clean technology, clean energy and renewable energy. I support nuclear, but if you want to build a new reactor or you want to build a new hydrogen plant, or whatever, there's the length of time it takes to get an environmental approval and assessment and actually build whatever it is to help the environment. Is that something we need to look at as a moon shot or a task force to find a way to reduce the assessment time for projects?
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CPC (ON)
I'll cede my time to my colleagues.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thanks very much.
It's great to see such a fantastic panel here today.
My first question is for Aidan or Brian.
I have spent a fair bit of time looking at this. I'm no expert—that's for sure—but I can think of one basic application.
I've known Brian Masse for years. We're good pals and our office is on the same floor. With regard to practical purposes, as we sit here in Canada, we are some of the luckiest people in the world. We don't have to worry about a lot, but there are people around the world who don't even have bank accounts. I think it's two billion people around the world who don't even have the ability to get a bank account.
Brian or Aidan, could you comment on the ability that this might give over the next number of years for people who are unbanked to have a bank and transact? Could you provide some comments on that?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
I wish I had a lot more time for questions here.
I think about one other real and practical application. We may gripe from time to time about our Canadian dollar and how is against the pound, the American dollar or what have you, but it's fairly stable.
Countries like Lebanon, Turkey, Argentina and other countries have seen their currency crater against the U.S. dollar, and their wealth, in a global perspective, has been wiped out. I also think about the French African colonies that work off the French franc, the 14 countries there. Nigeria is another one I can think of. This gives them an opportunity to own a digital currency that protects some of their wealth.
Do you guys have any comments on that?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Do I have time for a quick question?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
On the currency, it's not to replace but maybe to protect some of your wealth through a U.S. dollar coin or something.
The last question I would ask is this. We're studying moon shots in our science and technology committee. Brian, you see a number of proposals come across your desk through Ether Capital.
What are some amazing projects out there that could be complete game-changers for the world?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I guess all I would add to the conversation here is that it's just one more meeting, really. I understand that's an entire week, but it is one more meeting. We did miss a week a couple of weeks ago, so that would be fine. In addition to that, if any of your witnesses aren't available, it's understandable. We all understand that. They'd all be able to put forward a written submission to the committee as well.
I think we could do another meeting, and then they can have written submissions on top of that. Then we can get on to the next study, right?
Thank you.
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair. The first question is for Madam Yeremian.
My question is in regard to moon shots and nuclear reactors. Bruce Power is in my riding, so I'm obviously very familiar with nuclear energy and have been an advocate for years, but here's the problem I see: The moon shot maybe needs to be about how we speed up the environmental assessment approval process.
Bruce Power's site is probably the most studied site in the world over 50 years, and yet I understand that about the fastest you could get an assessment done for a new reactor is probably about eight to 10 years. If we really want to have a moon shot and make progress on the environment and emissions and everything else, wouldn't that be the place to start—to figure out how to do it in two or three? What do you think?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you.
For Mr. Bengio on Zoom, this goes to what I see in my many years as a member of Parliament, and I know Chair Duncan probably feels the same way: There are issues that have been around for 14 years that are still issues. There are issues about the backlog and getting people processed for immigration applications. There are our port systems; it doesn't matter what end of the coast you're on, there have been issues with the ports forever. We just talked about environmental assessments, and then there's our health care system, homelessness, drug addition. It goes on and on and on, to the point where you can't even put children's Tylenol on the shelves in this country anymore.
Do we need a moon shot in common sense? How do you think we can fix this? We're trying to do the craziest things that would maybe solve society, but we can't even do the simplest of things. What do you think? How can you help us here?
View Ben Lobb Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Congratulations on this important study for the committee.
The first question is for the group at Osler. I've heard many times through the last couple of years that we need to look at the regulatory burden around innovation around blockchain. My question to you is whether you have identified two or three pieces of low-hanging fruit the government could help with to deal with regulation or deal with clarity to allow this sector to continue to grow and create jobs in Canada.
Either Laure or Matthew, take it away.
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