I call this meeting to order.
I'm going to go through my opening comments, and then I think we have a couple of points of order.
I'd like to welcome everyone to meeting number four of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the committee is commencing its study of a greenhouse gas emissions cap for the oil and gas sector. Today will be the first of eight meetings with witnesses for this study.
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As I mentioned, today we'll begin our study of a greenhouse gas emissions cap for the oil and gas sector. We initially had the first panel, the Net-Zero Advisory Body, scheduled to be here with us from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. I don't know if everybody was in the room when the clerk said there was a technical problem with one of the presenters. The presentation was designed to be in a copresentation format, so the Net-Zero Advisory Body requested being taken off today's schedule, which we've had to accommodate. We will not be hearing from the Net-Zero Advisory Body today. We will be moving the second panel up to 3:30 p.m., ending at 4:30 p.m., when I'm hoping to move to our in camera subcommittee meeting at 4:30 p.m.
For our second panel, we had invited Simon Langlois-Bertrand, but he is ill today. We will try to get Simon brought in at a future panel. There's been lots of shuffling of the schedule today, and I appreciate everyone's flexibility.
When we get started, once I hear the points of order that have been raised, we'll be moving to Sara Hastings-Simon, assistant professor, University of Calgary, who is testifying as an individual. I think Mark Jaccard, professor, Simon Fraser University, will also be joining us. We will also have, from the Canada West Foundation, Colleen Collins, vice-president.
Before we get into opening statements, Ms. Rempel Garner, I see you have your hand up.
Just before I go to you, I also want to welcome Ms. Goodridge to the committee as a substitute member for today. Mr. Morrice is joining us. We have Mr. Rogers, who is also acting as a substitute. That is our committee for today.
Ms. Rempel Garner, I will now go over to you.