OTTAWA – Nickel Belt MP, Marc Serré is proud to have been appointed to serve as a member of The National Standing Committee on Natural Resources. The Committee will have an active role to review bills, government activities and expenditures. As part of their mandate, The National Standing Committee on Natural Resources will also examine issues related to the four industrial sectors: the energy sector, the forest sector, the minerals and metals sector and the earth sciences sector. Mr. Serré is looking forward to following in the footsteps of his uncle, Ben Serré, who was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources during the 37th Parliament.
Mr. Serré and his colleague, the Member of Parliament for Sudbury, Paul Lefebvre visited the CEMI (Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation), the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, NORCAT, MIRARCO, Laurentian University, Collège Boréal and Cambrian College. Mr. Serré expressed: “These are prime examples of endless possibilities when investing in research and innovative technologies; I am very impressed with the level of specialized expertise found in Nickel Belt and Greater Sudbury. I am looking forward to working with these organizations to ensure that our resource sector remains a source of prosperity, opportunity and job creation by continuing to support innovation in our natural resource sectors.”
Mr. Serré will ensure that there is a strong voice for Northern Ontario: “We need to look at expanding FedNor’s role in broadband, innovation, and research investment in order to position northern Ontario as a world leader in the mining and supply services sector.” In northern Ontario, the total value of the mining supply and services sector output is $5.6 billion, by some 500 companies employing approximately 23,000 individuals.
The forest sector and earth sciences sector are also of high importance for Mr. Serré. He is also looking forward to adressing hot topics such has the Energy East Project; a 4,600 km pipeline that could transport, approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the refineries of Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.