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Meeting No. 11
Thursday, December 2, 2004

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met in a televised session at 9:11 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D Centre Block, the Chair, Alan Tonks, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Nathan Cullen, Brian Jean, David J. McGuinty, Bob Mills, Hon. Denis Paradis, Yasmin Ratansi, Lee Richardson, Christian Simard, Alan Tonks and Hon. Bryon Wilfert.


Acting Members present: Bill Casey for Jeff Watson and Marcel Gagnon for Bernard Bigras.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Kristen Douglas, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of the Environment: Trevor Swerdfager, Director General, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environmental Conservation Service; Stephen Wendt, Acting Director, Migratory Birds Branch, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environmental Conservation Service; Susan Waters, Legal Counsel, Legal Services.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Tuesday, November 2, 2004, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

The Chair called Clause 1.


The witnesses answered questions.


Clauses 1 to 8 inclusive carried severally.


On Clause 9,

Christian Simard moved, — That Bill C-15, in Clause 9, be amended by adding after line 11 on page 13 the following:

“(1.11) In the case of an offence under section 5.1 that is committed by a vessel of 5,000 tonnes deadweight or over,

(a) the fine imposed under paragraph (1.1)(a) shall not be less than $500,000; and

(b) the fine imposed under paragraph (1.1)(b) shall not be less than $100,000.”


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Christian Simard and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 3.


Clause 9, as amended, carried.


Clauses 10 to 52 inclusive carried severally.


The Title carried.


The Bill, as amended, carried.


ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, as amended, to the House.


At 10:32 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Eugene Morawski
Clerk of the Committee

2005/03/01 9:39 a.m.