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Meeting No. 26

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

The Standing Committee on Transport met at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Joe Comuzzi, presiding.

Members of the Committee present: Joe Comuzzi, Bev Desjarlais, Roger Gallaway, Jim Gouk, Ovid Jackson, Stan Keyes and Mario Laframboise.

Acting Members present: Diane Marleau for Liza Frulla and Yvon Charbonneau for Pat O’Brien.

Other Member present: Roger Gaudet.

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament:  John Christopher, Principal Analyst.

Witnesses: From the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association: Geoff Cowell, Director of Distribution, NorFalco Sales Inc.; David W. Goffin, Vice President, Business and Economics; Louis Laferriere, Senior Manager, Logistics, Technical Affairs. From the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority: Jacques Duchesneau, President and Chief Executive Officer; Michael McLaughlin, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer; Mark Duncan, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer.

Pursuant to its Order of Reference of Tuesday, March 25, 2003, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act, to enact the VIA Rail Canada Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (See Minutes of Proceedings, Thursday, April 10, 2003, Meeting No. 20).

David W. Goffin and Geoff Cowell made opening statements and, with the other witness, answered questions.

It was agreed, -- That in order to reduce the cost of travel, in relation to its study of Bill C-26, the transport Bill, that only 9 members of the Committee travel across Canada to hear witnesses – (5 liberals and one of each other party) with the necessary staff Notwithstanding the motion agreed to on, Monday, April 28, that the Committee’s itinerary be the following:


2 weeks – West:

First week

            Vancouver (2 days)

            Kamloops – Calgary – Regina


Second week  

            Winnipeg – Thompson – Churchill –

            Thunday Bay


1 week – East:

            Moncton – Halifax – Montréal –

            Toronto (2 days)


It was agreed, -- That in relation to its study of the Great Lakes and the St-Laurence Seaway System, the Subcommittee be authorized:


  1. To hold meetings in London, UK, from June 17 to 27, 2003 with stakeholders in the International Shipping Community;


  1. To be accompanied by the Clerk, the Researcher and 2 interpreters;


That the Budget of $136,630.00 be agreed to, and submitted to the Main Committee for approval and to be presented to the Liaison Committee which meets this week for its approval.

Pursuant to an Order of the House dated Wednesday, February 26, 2003, consideration of the Estimates 2003-2004 - Votes 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60.

Jacques Duchesneau made an opening statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

It was agreed, -- That Canadian Air Transport Security Authority be invited to appear again before this Committee, in order to provide answers along with their legal counsel on Estimates, before May 31, 2003.

At 5:25 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Georges Etoka

Clerk of the Committee