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Transport committee  A lot of work is being done and there are a lot of projects, like the Atlantic loop out east and the northwest grid.... There are a lot of projects to evolve the grid and the connections. Most of these are under provincial jurisdiction, but there is a lot of federal-provincial discussion and investment partnerships to ensure we are on a pathway of readiness.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  First and foremost, Via is a first-class operator of a rail system. It has expertise that is essential to the success of the project, but there is a lot of expertise, skill and capacity that we need to build and develop in order to properly manage this complex project. It's not currently in Via and it's not currently in the Government of Canada, so we're building a dedicated corporation as a project office to assemble that skill and have that entity focused on one thing, which is the development and delivery of that project.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  Mr. Chair, the member—

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  I wasn't going to trifle that out.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  It's a very good question. I believe there are limits in terms of the load. I do not know the details. Nick, do you know the details?

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  Can I commit that we will get back to you on that? I believe there is a framework that applies in terms of towing limits for tugs. I would concede and recognize that this is an area where we're continuing to do work. That's a very good question. We'll come back with an answer on that.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  It's a very good question. The minister indicated that there are sort of two parts to it. There's actually having the gas-up or the recharge facilities, which he answered. There's a lot of work in making sure those are in place. That part of the en route question is covered. The shift towards electric vehicles and their charging requirements either at home, at work or on the road is part of a changing dynamic around the electricity grid and the growing use of renewables and generation as well.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  It is always possible to improve the system, and that is what we do every day. Regarding recommendations, we are always open to this committee's suggestions for moving priority issues forward.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  That's a good question. In fact, it is one that is often asked and it applies to nearly all airports. First, we have policies that require airports to have a good system for responding to concerns from the public, particularly people in nearby neighbourhoods. Mr. Robinson can give you more details.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  I'm sorry, but I didn't understand the question. What precautions are you talking about?

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  I understand. You are entirely correct to say that it is very difficult to stay on budget and on time in the case of big projects. Transport Canada is focused on one very large project, which is the high-frequency rail project. As my colleague, Mr. Robitaille, indicated, we're working very systemically with the experts in the industry whom we need in building relationships and partnerships.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  If I may, I am going to ask my colleague Stephanie Hébert to answer, because she is the one who manages that project.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  We've been tracking that, and taking into account what I just said, we're running currently at about 40% of the pattern we saw before the pandemic in terms of people coming into the office.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  There are three parts to that. I've heard the same suggestion, that because we've had folks remotely at home, we are less productive. I can tell you, without question, that the opposite is true. In the last two years, Transport Canada—I've been the deputy for seven years—has done much more than it's ever done before.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan

Transport committee  It's a really important issue. You can, more or less, count the days where it doesn't rain in Vancouver in the winter as opposed to the days it does rain. We are currently working, in the context of the supply chain challenges, with the industry on any place where we see there's an opportunity to make progress.

December 5th, 2022Committee meeting

Michael Keenan