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Meeting No. 43

Thursday, December 9, 1999

The Standing Committee on Finance met in camera at 1:04 p.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Maurizio Bevilacqua, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Maurizio Bevilacqua, Roy Cullen, Nick Discepola, Roger Gallaway, Albina Guarnieri, Sophia Leung, Yvan Loubier, Lorne Nystrom, Gary Pillitteri, Karen Redman, Monte Solberg and Paul Szabo.

Acting Members present: Paul Forseth for Richard Harris.

In attendance: From the Library of Parliament: Odette Madore and Jean Soucy, Researchers; Marion Wrobel, Senior Analyst.

In accordance with its mandate under Standing Order 83.1, the Committee resumed its Pre-Budget Consultations. (See Minutes of Proceedings, Tuesday, November 2, 1999, Meeting No. 2).

The Committee proceeded to consider a draft report.

It was moved, – That, notwithstanding the motion of December 7, 1999, the recommendation in paragraph 1.47 of Chapter 1, read: "The Committee recognizes the government’s commitment to this formula over the course of this Parliament and recommends therefore that it be honoured. In the next Parliament, however the Committee recommends that the government not now bind itself to any formula."

The question being put on the motion, it was to.

It was moved, – That the draft report be adopted as the First Report of the Committee.

The question being put on the motion, it was agreed to.

It was moved, – That the title of the Report be:

Budget 2000

New Era… New Plan".

The question being put on the motion, it was agreed to.

It was agreed, – That the Committee append to its report supplementary or dissenting opinions from the opposition parties provided that they be no more than 5 pages in length (font = 12; line spacing = 1.5)and submitted to the clerk in both official languages no later than 5 o’clock, p.m., on Thursday, December 9, 1999.

It was agreed, – That the Chair, researchers and clerk be authorized to make such typographical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, – That the Chair be instructed to present the First Report of the Committee to the House.

It was agreed, – That the Committee print 8500 copies of the report in English and 1500 copies in French, with a distinctive cover.

At 1:24 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Pat Steenberg


Clerk of the Committee