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View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
My first question will be for Ms. Sumner.
You mentioned Windsor as being the flood capital of Canada. I'd prefer it be known as the auto capital, especially the green auto capital for the future with EVs and battery development, but that's a side issue.
One of the things I'm struggling to figure out is how we look at some of the programs that are rolling out. There is the tree-planting program and an urban infrastructure program. There's a series of different initiatives that are out there, but there doesn't seem to be a comprehensive coordination of all those programs. Is that also missing some opportunity from the province?
What are your thoughts on this? It's almost like having a master plan, city by city, so to speak, from federal incentives to green our environment and increase our spaces for eco-recovery.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Yes.
When I was doing a lot of my border work I met a gentleman named Stan Korosec who did a lot of border work for Sarnia and for Windsor. He actually was an OPP officer and later on he got special training on how to use the environment for security instead of putting up fences and so on.
We had the Toronto Community Benefits Network here.
Is there an opportunity to get our young people into different areas? For instance, there is a bridge being built and I know you and others have been supportive for a national urban park in that area.
What are the opportunities of getting young people into a skilled trade, so to speak, for some of these infrastructure projects? It could be transferable skills or it could be skills they could use in other places. It was similar when I was growing up. People would go tree planting from one place to another.
Is there a real opportunity here for jobs that could be transferable and used in multiple locations, almost like a high-degree trainable asset that would last for young people?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Similarly, when we think about a place like mine, traditionally you're thinking about skilled trades. Going back to the old days, it could be working on auto skills or woodworking skills, so forth, even some electrical plumbing.
Once you learn these environmental infrastructure skills, are there also those skills that you bring back to your own home, your own neighbourhood, to your own community, perhaps as a volunteer? Is there greater sophistication of using those types of skills to better enhance when you're off, so to speak, when you're not involved in these projects, like adding a value-added capacity like we've never seen before? I would suggest even retraining not just young people, but also retraining for that. Is there value in that?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you.
I see you have the card, Madam Chair, so thank you.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I want to return to Ms. Sumner with regard to the national marine park.
I'm a vice-chair of the Canada-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group.
The U.S. actually wrote the federal government about providing monies for the Great Lakes. They're doing a lot of co-operative work at their state level and their federal level, and the Biden administration is putting more resources in there.
Would this not be an opportunity? How well positioned are we to look at something like that for the Great Lakes, especially given the fact there is a push from the Biden administration, also even from Republicans, to put more money into the Great Lakes? I'm wondering about the viability of that as one of those projects to get off the ground.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
In terms of Leamington, which is one of the larger fishing operations in Canada, that would be a real net benefit. We're struggling with algal blooms and a few other things, but this is a very robust area for not only fishing but also processing material, so that would benefit from that type of an ecological investment. Is that what you're suggesting?
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Today I went to Point Pelee, and on the way home I got some fish from a local shop that's still open.
I think my time is up, Madam Chair.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I'm going to move to Mr. Cochrane.
With regard to the U.S. and U.K., you mentioned that they were raising corporate tax cuts, but they're also moving into finding other revenue streams.
How out of step is Canada right now not addressing, I guess, some of the profiteering that's taking place during COVID-19? Other countries are doing some adjustments. There have been even preferential government treatments to companies that have really enjoyed some excess profits at this point in time. The telecom sector, for example, is one. Bell took in hundreds of millions of dollars and, at the same time, has had significant profits.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
I'm sorry to cut you off, but I'm going to run out of time.
How important is it to redirect or redistribute to small businesses, say for example, who right now are really struggling, and to keep them in some type of structure to be able to compete afterwards?
I'm worried about small business getting side-swiped during all of this and a lot of bankruptcy.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair, and thank you to our witnesses today.
I'm going to the Forest Products Association and Mr. Nighbor.
When I first got elected, I accompanied Pierre Pettigrew, the then minister of industry, to Washington, D.C., back in 2002, on a specific lobby effort for softwood lumber. We had the embassy involved and had hundreds of different Canadian organizations and companies to promote it. We brought in lobbyist support to get the Congress and Senate to show up, and we worked the room and did all those different things.
Sadly, fast forward to today, and we still have a lot of the systemic issues with regard to our trade with the United States. I'm also even more worried with buy America and buy American—there are two elements there—and, potentially, further consequences. Can you give us some thoughts about that situation? It has been a real hard nut to crack.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Further to that, the area I represent was logged in the 1700s and 1800s and now we have very little tree coverage, but that's a story for another day. We're trying to do better than what we did, but there's part of our heritage in that too.
There's something I wonder about. In the riding I represent, there's an automotive tool and die and mold-making industry which has reinvented itself. We've found that many of the patents and our value-added work was being shipped elsewhere and then sometimes even shipped back to us to be fixed.
I'm just wondering whether or not we're doing enough to look at our own domestic capacity. Instead of constantly fighting to try to penetrate to get it to the United States, can we do more domestically with an agenda to do more value-added production of our softwood lumber? You're right that it has properties that are much better than many of the U.S. products and it's also done in a better way, too.
Is there something more we can do here domestically? I just feel we're missing an opportunity.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
I'm a New Democrat. I've been talking with some of my Democratic friends in the U.S. and I'm a little bit worried about some of the next level, potentially, of protectionism with regard to their next wave of assistance to companies out there.
Is there any advice that you can give to us? I'm vice-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group and we work in a bipartisan way with the Senate even, in fact, when we lobby. We'll be doing some more. In fact, I'll be attending the Border Trade Alliance meetings a week from now, too.
Do you have any advice on how we can help support the industry better? I just see it as a missed opportunity for both our countries. At any rate, I'll let you finish.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you very much. Please do so. We work in a bipartisan way and we keep pounding away on it, but the more we can do....
I see the flag, so thank you, Madam Chair.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I will ask Mr. La Salle a question.
With regard to the perspective of what's going on in the United States, Ford just announced another investment into battery manufacturing in the Detroit region last week. Missing again was Canada in terms of investment.
What's your take on the fact that the U.S. is moving towards battery plant expansion and development, including the traditionals, including General Motors and Ford? We haven't seen FCA, Fiat Chrysler, yet, but they might be next.
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