Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would note, first, as the president of the agency for the past two years, I'm very proud of the work the agency and the staff in five regions and in headquarters have done to implement the act, by working with provinces, first nations directly, proponents, and expert federal departments.
The new act was a key part of the government's responsible resource development initiative to provide a modern regulatory system for major resource development projects so that Canada's natural resources can be developed in a responsible and timely way for the benefit of all Canadians.
The initiative has four main objectives. First, it's making project reviews more predictable and timely, and CEAA, 2012, provides legislative timelines to that effect. Second, it's reducing duplication of project reviews, and the legislation provides for a substitution of provincial processes where appropriate and where approved by the minister. Third, the RRD provides for strengthening environmental protection, and under the act we do have enforceable conditions now that were not present prior to the new legislation. The other principle is enhancing consultation with aboriginal people. As the crown consultation coordinator for major resource development projects under the agency's purview, we believe we're doing a very good job engaging aboriginal peoples.