Evidence of meeting #7 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 north.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Mitch Bloom  Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Janet King  Assistant Deputy Minister, Northern Affairs Organization, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Sara Filbee  Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

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Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

Sara Filbee

No, we would not. That's their responsibility to make their determinations; we're not going to tell them how to do their mandate. We may provide advice, but that would be the extent of it.

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NDP

Claude Gravelle Nickel Belt, ON

Thank you.

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Conservative

The Chair Leon Benoit

Thank you.

We'll go to Monsieur Lapointe.

October 17th, 2011 / 4:30 p.m.

NDP

François Lapointe Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

My first question is for Mr. Bloom.

How long have you been with CanNor?

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Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Mitch Bloom

I started working there three months ago.

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NDP

François Lapointe Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Only three months?

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Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

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NDP

François Lapointe Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

You are fully aware that the Comptroller General of Canada identified many problems within your organization. One specific issue is a huge surprise for me:

misuse of credit cards.

Do you agree with the comptroller on that?

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Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Mitch Bloom

As I said when answering other questions earlier, that audit is only in its draft stage right now. I cannot share my own comments on that issue before the audit process in completed.

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NDP

François Lapointe Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Who is in charge of the audit process within your organization?

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Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Mitch Bloom

That role belongs to the Comptroller General of Canada, who comes under the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

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NDP

François Lapointe Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

So, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is in charge?

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Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Mitch Bloom

Yes. CanNor is a small organization. Consequently, the auditing is done by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, which comes under the—

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NDP

François Lapointe Montmagny—L'Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup, QC

CanNor's official stance is that, as long as the Auditor General's work is still ongoing, CanNor will not adopt a position regarding the issues raised by the Comptroller General of Canada. Is that correct?

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Vice-President, Policy and Planning, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency