I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 23 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(g), the committee is meeting today to undertake a study of “Report 1, Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy”, of the 2022 reports of the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to the House order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
In light of the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on March 10, 2022, all those attending the meeting in person must wear a mask, except for members, when they are seated during parliamentary deliberations.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules for witnesses and members to follow.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are on the videoconference, please click on the microphone icon to unmute yourself. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute.
For interpretation for those on Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of either the floor, English or French. For those in the room, you can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
All comments should be addressed through the chair.
Members attending the meeting in person must raise their hand when they wish to speak. Those members who are attending through Zoom should use the “raise hand” feature. The committee clerk and I will do the best we can to maintain the order of speaking. We thank you for your patience and your consideration in this matter.
In accordance with our routine motion, I am informing the committee that all witnesses have completed the required connection tests in advance of the meeting.
I would now like to welcome our witnesses.
From the Office of the Auditor General, we have Mr. DeMarco, commissioner of the environment and sustainable development; and Elsa Da Costa, director.
From the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, we have Francis McGuire, president.
From the Department of Employment and Social Development, we have Andrew Brown, senior assistant deputy minister, skills and employment branch; and Chris Bates, director general, apprenticeship and sectoral initiatives directorate.
From the Department of Natural Resources, we have John Hannaford, deputy minister; Mollie Johnson, assistant deputy minister; and Ainslee Emerson, acting director general.
From Prairies Economic Development Canada, we have Dylan Jones, interim deputy minister; Justin Riemer, assistant deputy minister, Alberta; and Douglas Zolinsky, director general, enterprises and ecosystems.
Mr. DeMarco, I'm going to start with you. You have the floor for five minutes, after which we will hear from one person from each of the departments I just read out.
We go over to you, Mr. DeMarco, and thank you for joining us today.