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Meeting No. 43

Tuesday, June 13, 2000

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met at 9:07 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Charles L. Caccia, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Charles L. Caccia, Aileen Carroll, Marlene Catterall, Jocelyne Girard-Bujold, Dennis Gruending, John Herron, Joe Jordan, Karen Kraft Sloan, Julian Reed and Paddy Torsney.

Acting Members present: Sue Barnes for Aileen Carroll; Daniel Turp for Jean-Guy Chrétien; Clifford Lincoln for Nick Discepola and Howard Hilstrom for Rahim Jaffer.

Associate Member present: Rick Laliberte.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Kristen Douglas, Christine Labelle and Linda Webster, Researchers.

Witnesses: From Environment Canada: Robert Matheson, Chief, Hazardous Air Pollutants, Environmental Protection Services; John Buccini, Director, Commercial Chemicals Evaluation; Anne Daniel, Senior Counsel, Legal Services. From Indian Affairs and Northern Development: David Stone, Director, Northern Science and Contaminants Research Directorate, Natural Resources and Environment Branch; Hiram Beaubier, Director General, Natural Resources and Environment Branch. From Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Ken Macartney, Director, Environmental Relations Division; Nigel Bankes, Environmental Law Section, Oceans, Environment and Economic Law Division; Torsten Strom, Counsel, Trade Law Division. From the Canadian International Development Agency: Caroline Caza, Senior Environmental Policy Adviser.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108 (2) the Committee resumed consideration of Canada's position on Persistent Organic Pollutants in view of the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, chaired by Canada in Bonn, Germany, March 20-25, 2000 (see Minutes of Proceedings, Tuesday, February 15, 2000 (Meeting No.21)).

Ken Macartney made a statement and with Robert Matheson, John Buccini, Nigel Bankes, David Stone and Anne Daniel answered questions.

At 11:17 p.m., Jocelyne Girard-Bujold moved - That the Committee undertake a study of the contaminated sediments problem in the St. Lawrence River and table a report of its findings, in the House.

Debate arose.

At 11:22 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Stephen Knowles
Clerk of the Committee