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Natural Resources committee  They're not for the construction of the TMX pipeline. They are to support accommodation measures to indigenous communities.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  These are specific accommodation measures that have been undertaken with the indigenous communities affected in the region. Governance is established to deal with these issues, and the specific item that's covered in supplementary estimates (C) is to address that.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Thanks, Mr. Chair. The critical minerals strategy was underpinned by a $3.8-billion funding announcement, which was in part around exploration, in part around infrastructure and in part around research and development. Those funds are in the process of being unlocked right now.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I think the minister is saying that one of the critical pieces around the sustainable jobs plan and the work that the government is doing is to align that with the work we're also doing through the regional tables exercise. That is intended to describe essentially a regional economic strategy for each of the provinces and territories so that, as we think about issues like labour availability and labour development, we're doing it in the context of an economic plan that is both agreed upon and tested with the private sector, with labour movements and with indigenous communities so that it is relevant.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I think our expectation is that, as is evident in some of the conversations we are having, there are going to be huge opportunities across the country. We really are at a moment right now where Canada has assets that are of real importance. There is an opportunity for us to act on those in a way that should give enormous hope to people as they are thinking about the future of employment and the future of economic development generally, whether it is as a result of the critical minerals we have across the country or as a result of the deployment of hydrogen technologies and biofuels.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I really think the intention of these conversations we're having is to have place-based strategies. I've talked to labour movement leaders in Alberta, for instance, and that was precisely what they were asking for. It was not to have generalized.... I'm sorry. I've hit my time limit.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I'm very obedient. It's not to have abstract plans, but to think very specifically about what the economy of the future is going to look like and then think about what the job implications of that are.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  The government has identified a multi-faceted strategy. It was released last December. It really does transcend the scope of critical minerals and their application. As you say, the geopolitics of this are not incidental. This is one of the reasons we are at a moment for Canada.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I think there's no question that the importance of electrification is central to a lot of the opportunities that we have right now, and I would say that's a feature of the regional table conversations that I've mentioned now repeatedly. It's also a feature, I think, of some of the work we're doing more generally.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Certainly that issue of modelling is something that we're very alive to and that we continue to work with colleagues with respect to. Hopefully, one of the benefits of this council that I mentioned is that we can get a little deeper into how we see the future and, therefore, what kinds of projections there would be in order to fill in the plans, but there's no question that there will be an increase in demand for electricity.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Again, I think a more detailed conversation may be better placed with our colleagues at Finance. I will say that this has been subject to review by outside financial advisers. The advice they have given is that the financial option that's being considered and the asset value continue to be viable.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  As I said, the government has committed to not increasing any public spending with respect to this. This will be privately financed. We've received advice that is specific to these points.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Certainly this has been a very well-subscribed program. We've had a lot of interest. It's important that we engage in the exercises that we are engaging in because the built environment is a great source of emissions. Having the kinds of retrofits that are facilitated through the program is important.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  The two billion trees objective is to plant two billion trees in 10 years. That is a marathon, not a sprint. We are engaged right now in a series of conversations with jurisdictions across the country to enter into agreements in principle and then ultimately funding agreements. I should mention that those include the provinces but also indigenous communities and other non-governmental entities, all with a view to realizing this goal.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I will absolutely follow up on the details with the person you're referring to if you can give me their.... Thank you.

March 21st, 2023Committee meeting

John Hannaford