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OTTAWA, Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Pursuant to the order of the Senate of November 17, 2020, the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources met this day in room W110, 1 Wellington St., and with videoconference at 9:01 a.m. [ET], the chair, the Honourable Paul J. Massicotte, presiding.

Members of the committee present by videoconference: The Honourable Senators Anderson, Black (Alberta), Carignan, P.C., Cordy, Galvez, Massicotte, McCallum, Miville-Dechêne, Patterson, Simons, Verner, P.C. and Wells (12).

Other senator present by videoconference: The Honourable Senator Ravalia (1).

Participating in the meeting: Barbara Reynolds, Procedural Clerk, and Shaila Anwar, Principal Clerk, Committees Directorate; Sam Banks and Ross Linden-Fraser, Analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Services, Library of Parliament.

Also present: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the committee continued its consideration of Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Offshore Health and Safety Act.

APPEARING (by videoconference):

The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, P.C., M.P., Minister of Natural Resources.

WITNESSES (by videoconference):

Natural Resources Canada:

Glenn Hargrove, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office;

Timothy Gardiner, Senior Director, Offshore Petroleum Management, Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office.


Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the National President;

Dave Mercer, President of Unifor Local 2121.

Cougar Helicopters Inc.:

Willis Jacobs, Safety and Quality Manager.

The chair made a statement.

The minister made a statement and, together with Mr. Hargrove and Mr. Gardiner, answered questions.

At 10:01 a.m., the committee suspended.

At 10:02 a.m., the committee resumed.

Mr. Doherty and Mr. Mercer made statements and answered questions.

Mr. Jacobs made a statement and answered questions.

At 10:47 a.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.


Chantal Cardinal

Clerk of the Committee