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November 15th 2016 - Study on the federal government's policy framework for managing Canada's fisheries and oceans - Fisheries and Oceans Canada & Canadian Coast Guard

Senator Poirier: I have three questions on three different subjects. The first question concerns the consultations for the next budget, which should be starting soon. According to an independent report, the Coast Guard fleet is virtually valueless or has depreciated significantly. Do you plan to ask the Minister of Finance to increase funding for the Coast Guard in the next budget? Mr. LeBlanc: The answer is yes, but I'll be careful. Maybe the Commissioner has something to add. A week ago, an a…
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November 1st 2016 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Shipping Federation of Canada

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen and madam, for being here. I have a couple of questions on the same subject. We've heard several witnesses talk about increased activity in the Arctic area since we began the study, whether it be recreational or commercial. Is it possible for you to provide us with the activity level for the last five years of the ice passage by the members you represent, where ice breaking is needed? Is that something that you could provide to the committee? Mr. Broad: No…
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October 27th 2016 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Committee Travel to Halifax NS - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Actually a good part of my questions has already been addressed by somebody else. I am just going to expand a bit on what Senator McInnis mentioned. The pilot boats belong to the Crown corporation. Am I right? Capt. Griffiths: They belong to us, yes. Senator Poirier: And the pilots are employees? Capt. Griffiths: They are employees, yes. Senator Poirier: I know you mentioned that the Coast Guard usually just reaches out to you maybe a couple of times a year. On a typical day…
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October 26th 2016 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Committee Travel to Halifax NS - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I personally thank you for all the hospitality you have given us over the last two days. Actually everywhere we have been has been very knowledgeable. One of the reasons we are doing the report is not only to hear of all the good that is out there. We also want to know if there are concerns or some things that we can actually flag in our report to see if there is any way we can help you guys to have more adequate and better things out there if they are needed. One of the thing…
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October 18th 2016 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen, both, for being here. In your statistical summary here — maritime occurrences in 2015 — on page 9 it noted that, in 2015, incidents in the Atlantic region represented 45 per cent of all marine incidents. As well, the report notes that the majority of the reportable incidents consisting of a total failure of any machinery or technical system happened in the Atlantic region. That's 50 per cent in all of Canada. What were the reasons behind these statistics f…
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October 4th 2016 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Canadian Coast Guard

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen, for being here. It's good to see you again. In the last several months, there have been a lot of reports on our aging fleets and the need to renew them. We have a long-term plan with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. When comparing with other countries how we are performing in the delivery of the vessels for maritime SARs, where do we stand? Mr. Lick: I'll introduce the topic. Then I would ask Mr. Mes to actually talk about some of the renewa…
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September 27th 2016 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Canadian Coast Guard

Senator Poirier: My question is around the agreement that was signed in 2011 and came into force a couple years later. The agreement I'm talking about is the Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue in the Arctic. Article 8 establishes the process for a request to enter a territory for a party for the purpose of a search and rescue operation. In practical terms, how has it translated? Are there any significant delays that could be harmful to the operation, or has t…
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