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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 33
 
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
 

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts met at 8:47 a.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, David Christopherson, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Malcolm Allen, Jay Aspin, Joyce Bateman, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Hon. Gerry Byrne, David Christopherson, Earl Dreeshen, Matthew Dubé, Bryan Hayes, Daryl Kramp, Andrew Saxton and Bev Shipley.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Alex Smith, Analyst; Jeff Graham, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Office of the Auditor General of Canada: Ronnie Campbell, Assistant Auditor General; John Affleck, Principal. Department of Industry: Robert Dunlop, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Sector; Shane Williamson, Director General, Program Coordination Branch, Science and Innovation Sector. Infrastructure Canada: Taki Sarantakis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Communications Branch; Natasha Rascanin, Assistant Deputy Minister, Program Operations Branch. Treasury Board Secretariat: David Enns, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management; Amanda Jane Preece, Executive Director, Results Based Management Division. Department of Finance: Douglas Nevison, General Director, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch; Elisha Ram, Director, Microeconomic Policy Analysis. Privy Council Office: Rick Stewart, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Liaison Secretariat for Macroeconomic Policy.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(g) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, March 1, 2012, the Committee commenced consideration of Chapter 1, Canada's Economic Action Plan, of the Fall 2011 Report of the Auditor General of Canada referred to the Committee on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.
 

Ronnie Campbell made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

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

Andrew Saxton moved, — That the Committee proceed to sit in camera.

 

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Jay Aspin, Joyce Bateman, Earl Dreeshen, Bryan Hayes, Daryl Kramp, Andrew Saxton, Bev Shipley — 7; NAYS: Malcolm Allen, Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, Gerry Byrne, Matthew Dubé — 4.

 

At 10:34 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:35 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

 

It was agreed, — That, in relation to the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, March 1, 2012, the Committee resume consideration of the following draft reports at its meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2012:

• Chapter 2, G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund, of the Spring 2011 Report of the Auditor General of Canada;

• Chapter 1, Financial Management and Control and Risk Management, of the 2011 Status Report of the Auditor General of Canada;

• Chapter 3, Reserve Force Pension Plan—National Defence, of the Spring 2011 Report of the Auditor General of Canada.

 

It was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, the Committee consider draft reports at its meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

 

It was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, the Committee study Chapter 4, Regulating Pharmaceutical Drugs — Health Canada, of the Fall 2011 Report of the Auditor General of Canada, at its meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

 

It was agreed, — That the Committee take note of the expected tabling of the Spring 2012 Report of the Auditor General of Canada on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at approximately 10:00 a.m., and the associated confidential preview to be organized by the Office of the Auditor General.

 

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(g), the Committee undertake a study of the Spring 2012 Report of the Auditor General of Canada, following its tabling in the House; that the Auditor General be invited to appear before the Committee on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in connection with this study; and that the meeting be televised, if possible.

 

It was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, March 8, 2012, the Committee begin its study of Chapter 5, Maintaining and Repairing Military Equipment — National Defence, of the Fall 2011 Report of the Auditor General of Canada, at its meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

 

At 10:50 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Joann Garbig
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2012/05/10 10:34 a.m.