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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 24
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
 

The Standing Committee on Finance met at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 371 West Block, the Chair, Massimo Pacetti, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Don H. Bell, Charles Hubbard, Yvan Loubier, Maria Minna, Charlie Penson, Monte Solberg and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

 

Acting Members present: Paule Brunelle for Guy Côté, Jean Crowder for Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Ed Komarnicki for Brian Pallister, Tony Martin for Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Denise Poirier-Rivard for Guy Côté.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: June Dewetering, Principal; Alexandre Laurin, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Canadian Dehydrators Association: Dale Pulkinen, Executive Director; Jim Boxall, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Tisdale Alfalfa Dehy. Ltd.; Canadian Dehydrators Association. Grain Growers of Canada: Cam Dahl, Executive Director. Dairy Farmers of Canada: Jacques Laforge, President. Canadian Association for HIV Research: Jonathan Angel, Senior Scientist, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Associate Professor of Medecine, University of Ottawa. Dairy Farmers of Canada: Rick Phillips, Director, Policy and Government Relations. Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec: Marcel Groleau, President; Patrice Dubé, Assistant Director, Economical Research. L'Union des Producteurs Agricoles du Québec: Serge Lebeau, Senior International Trade Advisor and Assistant Director, Agricultural Studies and Policies Department. Canadian Cattlemen's Association: Jim Caldwell, Director, Government Affairs. Coalition for Women's Equality: Kim Brooks, National Association of Women and the Law; Armine Yalnizyan, Feminist Alliance for international Action; Ruth Rose, Fédération des femmes du Québec; Sherrie Lewis, Native Women's Association of Canada. Centre for Science in the Public Interest: Bill Jeffery, National Coordinator. National Cancer Leadership Forum: Pat Kelly, Director General; Nick Discepola, Member of the Steering Committee, National Cancer Leadership Forum. Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations: Joe De Mora, President; Glenn Brimacombe, Chief Executive Officer. Canadian Treatment Action Council : Louise Binder, Chair; Tony Di Pede, Treasurer. Canadian Association for HIV Research: Jonathan Angel, Senior Scientist, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Associate Professor of Medecine, University of Ottawa.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 83.1, the Committee resumed its pre-budget consultations 2004.
 

PANEL 26: AGRICULTURE

 

Dale Pulkinen, Jim Boxall, Cam Dahl, Jacques Laforge, Marcel Groleau, Serge Lebeau and Jim Caldwell made statements and, with Patrice Dubé, answered questions.

 

At 5:10 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:17 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 

PANEL 27: STATUS OF WOMEN

 

Sherrie Lewis, Kim Brooks, Ruth Rose and Armine Yalnizyan made statements and answered questions.

 

At 6:24 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:35 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 

PANEL 28: HEALTH 4

 

Bill Jeffery, Pat Kelly, Nick Discepola, Joe De Mora, Louise Binder and Dr. Jonathan Angel made statements and answered questions.

 

Charlie Penson gave a 48th hour notice of the following motion:

That the Finance Committee contract with the four specialists in budgetary estimates, one nominated by each political party, to conduct quarterly updates of the estimate for the fiscal balance, with the assistance of officials in the Department of Finance, based on the release of quarterly National Income Accounts, and that the first update be conducted based on the release of the third quarter National Income Accounts at the end of November, 2004 and after the completion of any private sector national updates in the third week of December, 2004, and that the results be reported to the members of the Finance Committee and be made public immediately upon their report; that the Finance Department work with the specialists in budgetary estimates to provide a quarterly update of the base case and run the base case through each model, as is now done in October of each year, and that the results be reported to the members of the Finance Committee and be made public immediately upon their report.

 

At 7:59 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Richard Dupuis
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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