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View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Can you give me 30 seconds?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
I am looking for something I saw yesterday, but I can't find it.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I have found my question. In the second paragraph of the letter, it says: “Les témoins avaient tous des commentaires élogieux pour le FNCC”. I acknowledge that there was a broad consensus, but the word: “tous” means what it means. I did not hear the witness from the Western Canadian Short Line Railway Association make comments as effusive as the letter gives us to understand.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
In French, it is more than positive, it is “effusive”. We could write “des commentaires favorables”.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
I never heard effusive comments from the witnesses from the railway companies.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
We could also replace the beginning of the sentence with “Plusieurs témoins ont eu des commentaires élogieux”. The use of the word “tous” is an exaggeration. I feel like a car salesman.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
My thanks to each of our guests for joining us.
I will not be asking a lot of questions about the value of the projects you are presenting, because they speak for themselves. But I have a lot of questions about the way in which you perceive the program and the way in which it assists you.
I will start with Mr. Hamilton.
When I read the description of the project for which you received funding, I find that it is strangely similar to projects that are going on in Trois-Rivières, for example.
Since this study began, one of the comments that always comes up is that it is difficult to make each of the economic corridors fluid. The projects that have been presented are business projects. In the case of the Port of Hamilton, for example, you are talking about finding ways to increase its effectiveness, its capacity and its performance. I don't see any coordination between the various participants in an economic corridor that will achieve that fluidity. They all seem to be working separately, because they each have to present one project of their own.
Would it not be preferable for organizations or groups to present projects designed to achieve that fluidity, meaning the capacity of freight to move quickly and effectively from one end of the chain to the other?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you very much.
Mr. Anablak, from what I understood earlier, you said that you had to deal with the rejection of your first application, having presented a project in its entirety. The funds did not allow you to move forward. It was then suggested that you present your project again, but in stages.
I have a problem with the fund. The government announced an amount of $2 billion, which is a substantial figure that sounds very grand. However, the amount is spread over a period of 11 years, which means that people face exactly the same situation as you.
Would it not be preferable for the government to maintain its decision to invest $2 billion, but to do it over two years, rather than asking you to come back each year, with a little bit of a project each time? The overall amount would remain the same.
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you. Your answer was short, but clear.
I have another question. I have studied your project. You talked about a deep-water port in Coronation Gulf, in the Northwest Passage. You also talked about an ice road that would link the port to communities further south.
A few weeks ago, we found out that northern Canada is warming up twice as fast as the south. That being the case, is that ice road really a viable infrastructure in the medium and long term? For how many months per year could the ice road be used?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you for that additional clarification.
I would have preferred if the committee had visited the north. The reality you live in is exceptional, and people who spend their lives in the south have a poor grasp of it.
Apart from the increase of $400 million, does the financial envelope specifically for the north mean that you will be able to compete with those in the south?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
My thanks to our guests for joining us.
If I may, I will start with you, Ms. Field.
Since this meeting began, there is some consensus that the fund seems satisfactory. I imagine that receiving funding for their projects helps to make people happy and ready to move forward.
However, you tell us that, of the 17 rail companies that your association represents, only seven proposed projects. Of those, three have already been rejected and three others are waiting for an answer. Those numbers seem very low to me. Could it be that the program is simply not designed for you?
I was surprised to hear you say that one of your railways had been devalued by 50%. Is that also the case for class 1 railways? Is it your impression that the program's approach is not tailored to your needs?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Presently, we are looking for fluidity in the delivery chain between point A and the terminal. The railways are important players, of course, but are you telling me that, even within that sector, it is difficult to get from point A to point B and to coordinate projects in order to achieve greater fluidity? For example, are there discussions between your association, CN and CP, in order to ensure greater fluidity of freight shipments?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you.
I would like to take a few minutes to talk to Mr. Xotta.
The Vancouver-Fraser Port Authority seems to be playing its cards well in terms of this funding program. However, when I hear that we are losing our international reputation a little, I have questions about the program itself. Billions of dollars have been announced over a long period. I wonder whether it would not be preferable to have the entire sum from the outset, in order to set our infrastructures up properly. In Canada's trade corridors, not just the ones in the West, but also those in the Atlantic, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Great Lakes, I don't think our companies are competing among themselves. The companies competing with them are mainly American.
Are we in the process of falling behind and never being able to catch up?
View Robert Aubin Profile
NDP (QC)
In 30 seconds, I would just like to know whether Ms. Baratta shares that optimism or whether she has a different opinion.
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