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View Don Rusnak Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Mayor Gruben, you talked a lot about the ban on drilling in the Beaufort Sea. How much work got done between the early 2000s and 2014 in the Beaufort Sea?
I'm reading an article here that says Royal Dutch Shell and a couple of other companies pulled out. They said the line is $150 per barrel to make it economically viable for projects in that region. Were there a lot of projects going on before the ban?
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Lib. (ON)
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Lib. (ON)
I imagine it's extremely expensive to operate oil and gas wells in the Beaufort or anywhere in the Arctic. I'm from northwestern Ontario. I know that operating mines in northwestern Ontario is much more expensive than operating a mine in, say, northern Minnesota, which isn't that far away but the infrastructure to bring in equipment, people and all the other things you need to operate these very intensive pieces of infrastructure is there. The price point for either minerals or oil has to be at a certain level before it's economically viable.
I'll put it to you that it wasn't economically viable up until 2007, and that's why Shell pulled out.
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Lib. (ON)
Okay.
Has the region, or the Northwest Territories government or the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, prepared any other plans? I've been listening to Mayor Spence from Churchill, and I had a brief conversation. I know the chair represents Manitoba.
It's actually music to my ears to hear that Churchill is going in a different direction. In the past, it competed directly with the port of Thunder Bay for grain. Having a plan that makes Churchill a service centre for the north, with the infrastructure and investing in that infrastructure—seeing a way past the subsidies of the past and going a new way that's economically viable—is something that I think all Canadians can be proud of, and get behind and support.
Even for a member of Parliament from Thunder Bay, who directly competed with your port before, hearing that is music to my ears. Can you talk a little more about the plans Churchill has to become a regional service centre, and the infrastructure Churchill will need to realize that economic opportunity?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you for that, Mayor Spence.
I'm going to go to Councillor Jacobson. Do you have a plan like the one Churchill has? Is that something that—
View Don Rusnak Profile
Lib. (ON)
And you're looking for partners to invest. Okay, so there is a plan.
Also, I've been informed that the Minister of Northern Affairs and the Government of the Northwest Territories reached an agreement to review the moratorium two weeks ago. Were you aware of that?
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Lib. (ON)
A new process is being put in place for consultation and how that's going to go about.
Are you satisfied with having a review of the moratorium?
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Lib. (ON)
Okay. Thank you.
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Lib. (ON)
She's trying to cut me off.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you to all the presenters for coming, and for coming as far as you had to come.
I'm going to be sharing my time with the member for Nunavut, Mr. Tootoo, but before that I have just one question. It is a question I asked NRCan officials here the other day.
You're talking about a project, a hydro transmission line, in the range of $2 plus billion. Has anything else been looked at, like a mix of renewables within the communities? I know in northwestern Ontario, the federal government invested $1.6 billion in the Wawatay power transmission line to connect 16 or 17 communities in northwestern Ontario. Some communities are looking at producing energy through run of river. I know Pic River and Pic Mobert are doing that on rivers that flow into Lake Superior. Is that an option for some of the communities in the territory you represent? Have other potential energy sources been looked at? Has a cost-benefit analysis been done comparatively to the money spent on a transmission line?
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Lib. (ON)
It's a bundled project. It's $1.2 billion for fibre and for transmission?
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Lib. (ON)
Have you looked at other solutions to providing renewable energy in the communities? Has that been done?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you for presenting today.
I, like Ms. Blaney, am very curious. One of my curiosities is in terms of transmission projects. Marco was talking about the long-term, generational connection projects. Are there many of those projects contemplated or included in the framework that's being developed, either through the Department of Northern Affairs or NRCan, or any of the other departments that are here today? You're saying there's an all-of-government approach.
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