Evidence of meeting #43 for Natural Resources in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was yukon.

A recording is available from Parliament.

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10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

No. I'm sorry, your mike or the sound is still garbled. We'll try again to fix it. In the meantime we'll continue the questioning of Mr. Graham.

Go ahead, Mr. Galipeau.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

Royal Galipeau Ottawa—Orléans, ON

I'm done for questioning. I'm really anxious for the answers though.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

Okay.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

Royal Galipeau Ottawa—Orléans, ON

Thank you, sir.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

We go now to—

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

Royal Galipeau Ottawa—Orléans, ON

Can we get the answers when the sound is fixed?

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

We'll see how we can handle that when it gets fixed.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

Royal Galipeau Ottawa—Orléans, ON

Thank you, sir.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

Mr. Anderson.

10:05 a.m.

President, Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce

Hughie Graham

I would just comment that this is a great indication of why we need redundancy in broadband capability in the north.

10:05 a.m.

Some hon. members

Oh, oh!

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

So this was staged, was it?

Go ahead, Mr. Anderson.

June 12th, 2012 / 10:05 a.m.

Conservative

David Anderson Cypress Hills—Grasslands, SK

I come from a rural riding where we had the northern exemption at one point although we were along the Montana border, so I understand some of the pressures you're facing.

I wish we had sound from both of you. I'd like to talk to you a little about the difference in the agreements. I understand Yukon has the YESAA and the Northwest Territories has a resource sharing agreement. Can you tell me—and I hope we can get some conversation from Ms. Babcock—if you had a resource sharing agreement similar to that of the Northwest Territories what difference would that make in Yukon?

Maybe, Mr. Graham, you can talk about those benefits until we get the sound corrected here. You don't have the same YESAA, but you have the economic impact benefits and the resource revenue sharing. Talk to me about that a little, please.

10:05 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

Go ahead, Mr. Graham.

10:05 a.m.

President, Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce

Hughie Graham

We certainly do. In the Northwest Territories, as you may be aware, we're striving for devolution, and certainly we're trying to negotiate a better deal. You're always trying to negotiate a better deal.

We're hopeful that once devolution comes, we'll have more control over our territory as provincial-like powers come to fruition.

The impact of resource sharing agreements is good. It allows us to put money into our coffers. It allows us to put money into Canada's coffers. We'd like to try to get more of a commitment from Canada to be able to provide funding to societies like the Mine Training Society. In the north that's largely funded by the territory through these resource sharing agreements, but it's not backstopped by the Government of Canada. So when we don't have funding there's no other place to go to get more funding for that.

I've run off course there.