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Meeting No. 8
Thursday, November 25, 2004

The Standing Committee on Transport met at 3:32 p.m. this day, in Room 371 West Block, the Chair, Roger Gallaway, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Robert Carrier, Bev Desjarlais, Hon. Roger Gallaway, Hon. Rob Nicholson, Francis Scarpaleggia, Andrew Scheer and Caroline St-Hilaire.


Acting Members present: Mario Laframboise for Robert Carrier and Joy Smith for Dave Batters.


Other Members present: Hon. Don Boudria.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Charles Gadula, Director General, Marine Programs Directorate. Department of Transport: Mark Gauthier, Senior Counsel, Legal Services. Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Yvette-Marie Kieran, Senior Counsel, Legal Services. Department of Transport: Gerard A. McDonald, Director General, Marine Safety; Brigit Proulx, Legal Counsel, Legal Services.

The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Caroline St-Hilaire moved, — Whereas poor federal management led to the closing of Mirabel airport to passenger travel; Whereas October 31, 2004 was the last day for international flights at this airport; Whereas irreparable damage was caused to farmers by the expropriation of close to 100,000 acres of arable land; Whereas 17, 000 acres of land are still federal property and the farmers or former owners who were expropriated from Mirabel are claiming 11,000 for farming; Whereas after return of land there would still be 6,000 acres of land remaining for the future development of airport activities, which is twice the surface area of Dorval; Whereas it is the federal government’s duty to recognize its past mistakes and make up for the injustices caused to the farmers and former owners who were expropriated from Mirabel; The Standing Committee on Transport calls upon the Minister of Transport to take the necessary measures to return the 11,000 acres of arable land claimed by the farmers and former owners who were expropriated from Mirabel, which would provide for the long-term development and enhancement of this agricultural land.

Debate arose thereon.


The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 1.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, October 18, 2004, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act and the Oceans Act.

Gerard A. McDonald made an opening statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


At 4:38 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Georges Etoka
Clerk of the Committee

2004/11/26 2:16 p.m.