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Meeting No. 41
Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Standing Committee on International Trade met at 10:07 a.m. this day, in Room 214, Wellington Building, the Chair, Leon Benoit, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Guy André, Leon Benoit, Ron Cannan, Serge Cardin, Hon. Mark Eyking, Helena Guergis, Peter Julian, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, John Maloney, Ted Menzies and Lui Temelkovski.


Acting Members present: Rick Casson for Ted Menzies.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Michael Holden, Analyst.


Witnesses: Syndicat Conseil du Québec: Lina A. Aristeo, Director. Canadian Apparel Federation: Bob Kirke, Executive Director; Elliot Lifson, President.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee resumed] its study of Canadian Textile Industry.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


The Committee resumed consideration of the motion of Peter Julian, — on Textile Industry moved on November 28, 2006 (meeting 38) and the amendment thereto by Guy André.


Peter Julian moved, — That the Committee calls on the government of Canada to stem the current market disruption, in specific categories, in the Canadian apparel industry, by immediately invoking Article 242 of China's accession protocol to the WTO and putting in place restrictions or safeguards on the growth of specific categories of apparel imports from China.


Guy André moved, — That the motion be amended by removing all the words after “That” and replacing them with the following: “That the Committee report to the House of Commons urging the Government of Canada to counter disruption of trade in specific categories of Canada’s textile and clothing industries by immediately invoking clause 242 of China’s protocol to ascension to the WTO and by subjecting the increase of clothing and textile imports in specific categories from China to safeguards and restrictions.


By unanimous consent, the amendment was withdrawn.


Dominic LeBlanc moved, — That the motion be amended by adding the following new paragraph: “That the Committee further calls on the Governement to begin bilateral negotiations with China, similar to those undertaken by the United States and the European Union, to reach an agreement on imports of cloting and textiles, and that the Committee report this matter to the House”.


After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Dominic LeBlanc and it was agreed to.


After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.


It was agreed, — That the Chair present the motion, as amended, as the Committee's Fifth Report to the House.


At 11:30 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Normand Radford
Clerk of the Committee

2006/12/13 2:26 p.m.