Good morning. Welcome to the eighth meeting of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of Thursday, November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all participants of this meeting that screenshots or taking photos of your screen is not permitted.
Given the ongoing pandemic situation, and in light of the recommendations from public health authorities as well as the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on January 28, 2022, to remain healthy and safe, the following is recommended for all those attending the meeting in person.
Anyone with symptoms should participate by Zoom and not attend this meeting in person. Everyone must maintain two-metre physical distancing, whether seated or standing. Everyone must wear a non-medical mask when circulating in the room. It is recommended in the strongest possible terms that members wear their mask at all times, including when seated. Non-medical masks, which provide better clarity over cloth masks, are available in the room. Everyone present must maintain proper hand hygiene by using the hand sanitizer at the room entrance. Committee rooms are cleaned before and after each meeting. To maintain this, everyone is encouraged to clean surfaces such as the desk, the chair and the microphone with the disinfectant wipes provided when vacating or taking their seat.
As the chair, I will be enforcing these measures for the duration of the meeting, and I thank members in advance for their co-operation.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, March 3, 2022, the committee is meeting to study Canada's preparedness to respond to Russian threats to Canadian waters, ports and airspace.
Appearing before the committee today, we have the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, as well as the deputy minister, Michael Keenan. They will be appearing in the first half of today's meeting.
In the second half of today's meeting, we will have with us, from the Department of Transport, Mr. Marc-Yves Bertin, director general, marine policy; Julie Gascon, director general, marine safety and security; and Nicholas Robinson, director general, civil aviation. From Nav Canada, we will have Ben Girard, vice-president and chief of operations, and Mr. Jonathan Bagg, director, stakeholder and industry relations.
Witnesses, thank you for appearing before our committee today.
Minister, it is always a pleasure to have you here to answer our questions. It's good to see you this morning. I know that our members are eagerly looking forward to asking you questions.
With that in mind, Minister, I will turn the mike over to you for your opening remarks.