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Natural Resources committee  Thanks, Mr. Chair. To take a step back, nuclear is very likely to be a pretty critical aspect of our energy mix as we are looking at an increase of demands on our electrical grid, perhaps two to three times the current demands by 2050. The government has taken a series of steps to support the development of this technology.

December 1st, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  I'm sorry. I don't have those numbers handy, but we could provide that to you in writing.

December 1st, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Natural Resources committee  Thanks, Mr. Chair. We certainly see huge opportunities to advance economic reconciliation through natural resources. It's already a critical aspect of the economic lives of an awful lot of indigenous peoples across the country. For that reason, our policies are often framed with a view to indigenous reconciliation.

December 1st, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. It will be in the fall.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  I'll turn to my colleague, Mr. Brown, on some of the details, but we certainly were very grateful for the advice that was provided by the task force and have taken note of the 10 recommendations that were contained in that. The legislation is intended as a series of principles that will guide our policy development with respect to just transition and, potentially, the creation of an advisory body.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. The commitment is to phase out coal-generated electricity by 2030. We are working with each of the provinces, through a number of different tracks, in order to achieve that objective. Perhaps I can turn to my colleague Mr. McGuire for a very quick description of how some of these projects are contributing to our overall objective, but I will conclude my remark in the interest of time.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  As I mentioned in one of my earlier comments, we highlighted some of the outcomes of the funding provided through colleagues in the regional development agencies. Perhaps I will turn to them for more detailed information about some of those projects. Mr. McGuire—

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  The overall objective in phasing out—

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  The International Labour Organization, which is one of the sources of expertise with respect to a just transition, emphasizes the importance of social engagement with respect to development of policies. We are taking that very seriously and are working, as I say, through an extensive consultation process that will manifest itself then in the “What We Heard” report in the fall, with legislation to follow.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  Our objective is to draw from what the consultation process provides and to have legislation that will reflect the interests that best serve Canada. That will happen in due course. It is something we are treating as a priority.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  As I say, I think we have established a governance structure. This is something that we continue to do—

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  The department is responsible for what the department does. I am responsible for what the department does. We are now elaborating our strategy with respect to just transition, including this governance.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  I'm not sure I understand the premise of the question. We have been pursuing a policy that is being elaborated over time. I am accountable for the actions of the department, and the department is now pursuing its strategies with respect to just transition and with respect to the transition of our energy production and—

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  I'll start, Mr. Chair. We have a committee structure now that derives from a deputy minister's implementation committee that relates to climate. At both the director general and the director level, we now have a governance structure within the government. I'd also note that as part of the ongoing work with respect to potential legislation, we have been consulting very widely, including with unions, with a view to establishing some of the principles that should be guiding all policy development in this area and all the work that we will be doing.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford

Public Accounts committee  In this context, as I mentioned, we have now established a governance structure that transcends this department and includes other relevant parts of the government to ensure that we are responding to the recommendations made by the commissioner. That work continues. As I also mentioned, the work that we are doing with respect to potential legislation will further refine some of the policy direction that will be given with respect to our elaboration of just transition.

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

John Hannaford