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Meeting No. 63
Monday, February 4, 2013

The Standing Committee on National Defence met at 3:30 p.m. this day, in Room 362, East Block, the Chair, James Bezan, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Chris Alexander, James Bezan, Tarik Brahmi, Corneliu Chisu, Cheryl Gallant, Jack Harris, Jean-François Larose, Hon. John McKay, Christine Moore, Rick Norlock, Ted Opitz and Mark Strahl.


Acting Members present: Hon. Laurie Hawn for Chris Alexander.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Melissa Radford, Analyst; Erin Shaw, Analyst.


Witnesses: National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman: Pierre Daigle, Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman; Alain Gauthier, Acting Director General, Operations. Department of National Defence: VAdm Bruce Donaldson, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff; MGen Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-15, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

Pierre Daigle made a statement and, with Alain Gauthier, answered questions.


On motion of Jack Harris, it was agreed, — That the document entitled: “Canadian Forces Grievance Process Ex Gratia Payments Order, PC Number: 2013-0861” be presented and distributed to Members of the Committee.


At 4:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:35 p.m., the sitting resumed.


VAdm Bruce Donaldson and MGen Blaise Cathcart made statements and answered questions.


At 5:26 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:30 p.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Fourth Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure, which read as follows, be concurred in as amended:

That, in relation to the study of the Defence of North America, and the budgets adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Committee travel to Washington D.C. between Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21, 2013 and to Colorado Springs, Colorado, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Victoria, British Columbia, from Sunday, March 24 to Friday, March 29, 2013.


At 5:33 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Leif-Erik Aune
Clerk of the Committee

2013/02/26 11:07 a.m.