Thank you, Chair.
I want to thank my colleague Mr. Angus for moving this motion. I support it. I want to make a few points on issues that have been raised, but first I want to speak to the substance of the motion.
The first part of the motion is with regard to the emissions reduction fund—onshore program. Mr. Angus has raised concerns that I also shared upon reading the report from the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development. I understand, from Mr. Angus's remarks, that Mr. Simard also shares those. There seems to be agreement among parties of all political stripes that this is an important issue for us to look at, particularly with regard to the impact this has on climate change and the urgency of that issue. I do believe that the first bullet point would be material and important for this committee to study.
The second part of the motion to me makes a lot of sense. It also gives the minister over two months to find a date, with the chair, to appear on supplementary estimates. That is a very long period of time. I would not like to come back to Parliament and have to waste a meeting slot on a subcommittee to have the minister come for supplementary estimates. I think that's something we should dispose of today. It also allows the minister to find time in his calendar over the break.
There's a similar argument for the way in which the last part of the motion is worded. This also gives the chair ample opportunity to work with the ministers' offices to come up with times to appear before committee on the last matter.
I'd also like to speak in favour, strongly, of the last part of the motion. We do need climate action. We also need clarity and stability for the natural resources sector, particularly the oil and gas sector, and in understanding the details with regard to the Prime Minister's announcement that he made at COP26. The lack of details that were put forward in that announcement—I have heard from civil society, the environmental activist community, industry groups and provincial stakeholders about the lack of stability that has occurred, because there is no plan on that—is troubling in terms of our ability to both protect the jobs and workers who are in affected industries and meet our climate objectives.
I think this is probably one of the most important and pressing things this committee could be doing right now. It falls squarely within the scope of this committee, given the impact it has on the oil and gas sector. I do not want this punted to subcommittee. This is an excellent motion. It programs the committee out, and it gives the chair the ability to begin putting witnesses together so that we can hit the ground running upon the commencement of the session in February.
We have not met in this committee, I don't believe, in over six months now. Given the impact of all these issues on the sector, we have to get to work. I would like to think that a rare moment of consensus could break out over this motion. This motion is neutrally worded. It doesn't come to any sort of conclusion. It doesn't take any sort of political position. It is a well-worded committee motion. It seeks to inquire on the government's plans. It doesn't take a position on the government's plans, but it seeks to do some work that is very material to many groups in the country.
I would not be in favour, particularly given that we are in a hybrid situation where resources are limited, of wasting more meetings on scheduling when we have a good motion like this ahead of time. I would remind colleagues that a committee's founding meeting is usually when we address business. If colleagues have other ideas, I am open to calls from anybody, including the Liberal Party, on how we can move forward. We should come prepared here with how we should....
If colleagues have any other suggestions on the motion, they're welcome to do that here, but I certainly strongly support this. I want to thank Mr. Angus for putting it forward today. I'm very much looking forward to, hopefully, it passing. I hope other colleagues are as well. I'm looking forward to spending some time over the next several weeks getting our witness lists ready and, hopefully, collaborating behind the scenes so that we can get started with this study.
Those are my two cents.
Good work, Charlie.