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Meeting No. 2

MINUTES OF PROCEEDING

October 7, 1997

The Standing Committee on Finance met in camera at 3:38 o’clock p.m., this day, in room Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Maurizio Bevilacqua, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Maurizio Bevilacqua, Roger Gallaway, Dick Harris, David Iftody, Jim Jones, Yvan Loubier, Gilles A. Perron, Gary Pillitteri, Karen Redman, Nelson Riis, Gerry Ritz, Monte Solberg, Paul Szabo and Paddy Torsney.

Acting Members present: Paul Bonwick for Tony Valeri

Other Members present: Odina Desrochers

In attendance:From the Committees and Legislative Services Directorate:Christine Fisher and Eric Janse.

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: Richard Domingue and Marion Wrobel,, Research Officers.

The Committee met to consider its future business.

On motion of Paddy Tornsey, it was agreed, - That the Standing Committee on Finance seek the approval of the House of Commons to travel across Canada from October 14 to 22, 1997 to hold hearings pursuant to Standing Order 83.1 and that pursuant to Standing Order 119.1, its meeting scheduled for October 15, 1997 in Vancouver be televised.

On motion of Paddy Tornsey, it was agreed, - That the draft travel plans be adopted.

On motion of Paddy Tornsey, it was agreed, - That the draft budget for the Pre-Budget Consultation Study in the amount of $257,618.20 be adopted.

The Committee then considered the First Report of the Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

FIRST REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE

ON

AGENDA AND PROCEDURE

Your Sub-Committee on Agenda and Procedure met in camera at 3:21 o’clock p.m. Monday, October 6, 1997 in Room 307 West Block, the Chair, Maurizio Bevilacqua, presiding.

Members of the Sub-Committee present: Maurizio Bevilacqua; Jim Jones; Yvan Loubier; Nelson Riis; Monte Solberg and Paddy Torsney.

In attendance: From the Committees and Legislative Services Directorate: Christine Fisher and Eric Janse, Committee Clerks.

Also in attendance : From the Parliamentary Research Branch: Richard Domingue and Marion Wrobel, Research Officers.

The Sub-Committee met to consider the future business of the Committee and agreed to make the following recommendations:

1.That the Standing Committee on Finance seek the approval of the House of Commons to travel across Canada from October 14 to 22, 1997 to hold hearing pursuant to Standing Order 83.1 and that, pursuant to Standing Order 119.1, its meeting scheduled for October 15, 1997 in Vancouver be televised.

2.That the Committee be divided into Groups A and B to hold public hearings across Canada following its meeting in Vancouver on October 15, 1997, with Group A holding hearings in Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg and Toronto and Group B holding hearings in Montreal; Fredericton; Halifax; Charlottetown and St. John’s.

3.That one Associate member from both the New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party travel with Group B to participate in the public hearing process.

4.That the Draft Travel Budget in the amount of $255,000 be recommended to the Committee for its approval and later submission to the Board of Internal Economy.

5.That members of the Committee fax their lists of proposed witnesses to the Clerk of the Committee as soon as possible and that the Clerks and the Research Officers be instructed to prepare the selection and scheduling of the witnesses for both the cross Canada hearings and those scheduled for Ottawa.

6.That the Committee hold public hearings in Ottawa from October 23 to November 6, 1997 and, that the Committee sit Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and where necessary to extend sittings into the evening should the number of witnesses warrant additional hearings

At 4:35 o’clock p.m., the Sub-Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Respectfully submitted,

Maurizio Bevilacqua,

Chair

Following debate, on motion of Paddy Tornsey, it was agreed, that paragraph 2 be amended to read as follows:

That the Committee be divided in Groups A and Be to hold public hearings across Canada following its meeting in Vancouver on October 15, 1997, with Group A then holding public hearings in Vancouver (October 15 and 16), Edmonton (October 17), Toronto (October 20); Halifax (October 21) and St. John’s (October 22). Group B to hold public hearings in Regina (October 16), Winnipeg (October 17), Montreal (October 20) Fredericton (October 21) and Charlottetown (October 22).

It was further agreed, - That paragraph 3 be amended to read as follows:

That the Draft Travel Budget in the amount of $257,816.20 be recommended to the Committee for its approval and later submission to the Board of Internal Economy.

At 4:02 o’clock p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 

Carol Chafe

Clerk of the Committee