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Meeting No. 38
Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates met in a televised session at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D Centre Block, the Chair, Leon Benoit, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Leon Benoit, Ken Boshcoff, Marcel Gagnon, Marc Godbout, Guy Lauzon, Diane Marleau, Pat Martin, Joe Preston, Francis Scarpaleggia, Paul Szabo and Louise Thibault.


Acting Members present: Brian Pallister for Randy White, Benoît Sauvageau for Marcel Gagnon and Benoît Sauvageau for Louise Thibault.


Associate Members present: Pierre Poilievre.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Philippe Le Goff, Analyst; Tara Gray, Analyst.


Witnesses: As an Individual: André Ouellet.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on April 12, 2005, the Committee commenced its study of the Deloitte & Touche Report on Canada Post's sponsorship, marketing and advertising activities.

The witness answered questions.


At 5:28 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:29 p.m., the sitting resumed.


It was agreed, — That the Committee consider the Estimates on Thursday, May 19, 2005.


The question: "That the Committee invite the Parliamentary Secretary of Public Works and Government Services to appear to discuss the Main Estimates 2005-2006 in the absence of the Minister" was put and was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 4.


It was agreed, — That the Chair write a letter to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services expressing the Committee's dismay that the Minister had cancelled his appearance.


On motion of Benoît Sauvageau, it was agreed, — That the Committee request that the Auditor General perform an audit on Canada Post and the expenses of Hon. André Ouellet during the time he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post, as soon as possible.


On motion of Joe Preston, it was agreed, — That the Minister of Revenue be invited to appear before the Committee to answer questions about the Canada Post Corporation, including the Deloitte and Touche Report.


Joe Preston moved, — That the committee recommend to the Treasury Board Secretariat that land held by the National Capital Commission and leased to the Queensway Carleton Hospital should be rented to the Hospital for $1.00 per year, and that furthermore any revenue the Hospital generates from this land should go to the Hospital exclusively, both of which shall be for as long as the hospital occupies the land.

Debate arose thereon.


The Chair ruled that the motion could not be voted on due to loss of quorum.


At 6:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Miriam Burke
Clerk of the Committee

2005-06-07 11:54 a.m.