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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 2
 
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
 

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met in camera at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 705, La Promenade Building, the Chair, Kevin Sorenson, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Bill Casey, Peter Goldring, Francine Lalonde, Deepak Obhrai, Bernard Patry, Kevin Sorenson and Peter Van Loan.

 

Acting Members present: Colleen Beaumier for Hon. Stéphane Dion, Wayne Marston for Alexa McDonough and Caroline St-Hilaire for Diane Bourgeois.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: Gerald Schmitz, Principal; James Lee, Analyst.

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

The Chair presented the first Report from the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure which read as follows:

1. That the Committee will meet Wednesdays rather than Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2. That Philippe Kirsch, President of International Criminal Court, be invited to appear before the Committee June 6, 2006.

3. That the Committee meet informally from time to time with international delegations

4. That Michael Wilson, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America and John McNee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations be invited to appear before the Committee as soon as possible and that the meeting or meetings be televised if possible.

5. That, pursuant to Standing Orders 108(1) and 108(2), a Subcommittee on International Human Rights to be chaired by a member elected by the Subcommittee, be established to inquire into matters relating to the promotion of respect for international human rights, as may be referred to it by the Committee; that the subcommittee be composed of seven (7) members or associate members of which three (3) shall be government members and two (2) shall be Liberal members, one shall be from the Bloc Québécois and one from the New Democratic Party, to be named following the usual consultations with the Whips; and that the Subcommittee be empowered to send for persons, papers and records, to receive evidence, to sit during a time when the Committee is not sitting in Ottawa, to sit when the Committee is sitting outside Parliamentary Precinct and to sit during periods when the House stands adjourned.

6. That the Committee agreed to begin work on a longer-term study of Canada's role in complex international interventions that involve multiple foreign policy instruments -- the "3Ds" of diplomacy, development assistance, and defence (Canadian Forces) deployments -- and that encompass a range of humanitarian, security, peace-building, human rights, good governance and democracy promotion activities. As a first phase prior to summer 2006, the Committee agreed that the focus be on Canada's efforts in Haiti and that several hearings be organized with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, government officials and other witnesses.

7. That the analysts from the Library of Parliament be asked to prepare a resume of the results from the on-line consultation carried out in the 1st Session of the 38th Parliament by the former Committee and publish those results on the Committee’s website.

8. That the motion dealing with the presence of staff at in camera meetings adopted by the Committee, Thursday, May 4, 2006 be amended in the French, by deleting the words “à être accompagné d’un membre de son personnel”, and replacing them with the following words: “autorisé à avoir un membre du personnel”.

 

It was agreed, — That the report be amended, by replacing paragraph 6, with the following: “That the Committee agrees to begin work on a study of Canada's role in complex international interventions that involve multiple foreign policy instruments and that encompass a range of humanitarian, security, peace-building, human rights, good governance and democracy promotion activities. Prior to summer 2006, the Committee agrees that the focus be on Canada's efforts in Haiti and that several hearings be organized with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, government officials and other witnesses including representatives of non-governmental organizations” and by adding paragraph 9 which read as follow: “That the Committee agrees to carry out a major study on democratic development in the fall of 2006”.

 

It was agreed, — That the report of the Subcommittee, as amended, be concurred in.

 

At 4:11 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Angela Crandall
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2006/05/17 8:20 a.m.