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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much to all the presenters here today for their excellent testimony.
One of the pieces I've heard again and again about the WTO, among the various suggestions that have been made, has been in particular around the Ottawa Group. It made some suggestions in regard to the various supply chains. I know that's very important for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. It's important for communities like Sault Ste. Marie, which I represent. We've talked about countries, but even within countries there are certain sectors, and of course I'm going to talk about steel, steel manufacturing and the various things that have been presented around dumping.
Could the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters give us some thoughts around steel, the steel chain and how the WTO has performed around that? I know we introduced a number of measures around anti-circumvention and around scoping and market situation. Oftentimes, when we were talking about that many years ago, people were saying it wouldn't be WTO-compliant, but it has been compliant and it has been working.
Could the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters comment on the WTO as it relates to steel manufacturing and others? Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much. I also have a question for the Business Council of Canada. Back in 2019, I think it was, Canadian business organizations comprised of your council and the Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters called on WTO members to “engage and intensify efforts to restore the full functionality of the Appellate Body.” They said that in the absence of a fully functioning dispute settlement system, “the World Trade Organization simply cannot do its job of protecting the rights of Canadian exporters and importers.”
To what extent and how would a fully functioning WTO dispute settlement system protect the rights of Canadian exporters and importers?
I'll start with the Business Council of Canada on that one.
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Lib. (ON)
It's interesting. Way back in the day, when I was in high school, then trade minister Jim Kelleher, a Conservative member, spoke to our class and started talking about what they referred to as backdoor tariffs. I think back then it was on pork and swine.
To our presenters, whoever wants to talk about that.... We study it on the trade committee as well, with some other issues around grains and such, that countries are always.... There's a chance a country will say, “Well, we don't use that particular product or vaccine or whatever on our livestock, so—”
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Lib. (ON)
Okay. I will ask the Business Council of Canada, very quickly, what kind of backdoor tariffs are out there that they're aware of and that their members are concerned about, if any.
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Lib. (ON)
It's on the motion I talked about on Monday, which I introduced about a week and a half ago. I'll wait my turn.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
I've read this into the record and I've circulated it. Due to the time, and also the fact that Mr. Savard-Tremblay will be introducing some motions, I don't know if it's necessary to read it. I would just ask the committee to vote on this now. It's a very important subject and it captures a lot.
I open it back up to the floor, Madam Chair.
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Lib. (ON)
I'll take care of those three comments now.
Yes, as it reads, it says, “examination on how Canadian clean technology such as hydroelectricity, wind energy, solar energy, carbon sequestration,”—carbon capture—“grid management, and plastics recycling”. That's a “such as”, but I would be more than willing to add, especially with regard to grid management, because that is a lot about batteries too.... We could just put “batteries” in there.
With regard to MP Lobb's comments, let's also add a comma and “nuclear” in there to talk about the good things he is proposing as well.
Yes, I'll accept all those.
Mr. Blaikie, yes, at the last meeting I mentioned this would be about a three- or four-meeting study—maybe four now with those two more things introduced—and I said that we could plug it in as we need to, as we go along on this important study. Obviously, I just voted to support Mr. Blaikie's motion, so I'm okay with that.
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Lib. (ON)
If you don't mind, Madam Chair, I can reply to that quickly.
The carbon capture and sequestration goes around some of the industries that you were talking about and some of the great technologies that they're using in trying to get down to net zero.
It's a “such as”. As the chair mentioned, with regard to anyone who wants to bring forward witnesses around clean tech or anything else, I think that would be up to the MPs' purviews. I was just using this as an example. You're right; we could probably list 10, 20 or 100 things. They're just examples, so I would welcome the introduction of whoever would like to testify and is doing great work in Canadian clean technology.
The message is understood. Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
It's very difficult doing this on the fly, but I think we get the message that it's opened up, and that people can draw their witnesses as they want, accepting Mr. Lobb's nuclear one and very specific.... The “such as” and the wordsmithing are examples therein. It's green technology, so the witnesses should be in line with the intent of the motion.
I think the way it is now with the amendments, we include “nuclear” and then “batteries”, which would be under grid management. For the LNG, etc., that's under carbon sequestering, as an example therein. Some of the—
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Lib. (ON)
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Lib. (ON)
Madam Chair, I just had my hand raised.
Is it appropriate to raise a point of order? It's a notice of motion that I circulated late Thursday, to be read into record with no debate.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
To you and to the rest of the women on this committee, whether politicians or staff, happy International Women's Day.
Madam Chair and committee, I had circulated, in both official languages, the following notice of motion. I just want to read it as part of the public record, to be discussed at a future time by the committee.
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee undertake a study on Canadian exportation of green, clean and low-carbon technologies; that this study include an examination on how Canadian clean technology such as hydroelectricity, wind energy, solar energy, carbon sequestration, grid management, and plastics recycling can impact an ever evolving international market; that this study analyze the role that government agencies such as the Trade Commissioner Service can help Canadian clean technology businesses scale up and export to new markets; and that the committee report to the House.
Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
I have a similar question about order of precedence. You've outlined a number of things coming down the pipe, and Tracy, Alistair and I talked about some motions that we could use as well. Could we hear from the clerk, just for clarity, about how order of precedence would happen?
The notice of motion that I introduced Thursday afternoon on studying green technology and exports was distributed in both official languages. Just for clarity, one thing I did not say is that I see it as a three- or four-meeting study. In other committees, in the ebb and flow of how business is done, sometimes we get at things very quickly and then find we have an hour left here or there, whereby we could perhaps entertain various other studies that could be plugged in throughout our time, instead of devoting time to do it all at once.
Those are some of my thoughts about committee business. If I could hear from the clerk about order of precedence, it would help me think about our future committee business.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
You had mentioned entertaining the various notices of motions that have been placed on the table. I think, with only three minutes left, I would probably look to move my motion on Friday, just to have the opportunity for people to discuss said motion, if warranted. Obviously, if people wanted to support it right now, I would entertain that, but I just was prepared for a notice of motion.
Chair, you did mention something about entertaining voting on it now, but again, from way back in my city council days, I always like to do a notice of motion just to give people the time to read it. It's been circulated in both official languages, too. Again, it's an important motion around green tech. It's coast to coast. Every province has green tech opportunities for scale-up. That's why I introduced it.
I will leave that with the committee, but I just wanted to note that it's such an important discussion I wanted to make sure we had the appropriate time set aside to answer questions. I would not want it to be defeated simply because it was rushed. That's all.
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Lib. (ON)
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