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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 31
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
 

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met at 3:55 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Kevin Sorenson, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Diane Bourgeois, Bill Casey, Peter Goldring, Hon. Keith Martin, Alexa McDonough, Deepak Obhrai, Bernard Patry, Kevin Sorenson, Peter Van Loan and Hon. Bryon Wilfert.

 

Acting Members present: Vivian Barbot for Francine Lalonde, Hon. John McKay for Hon. Albina Guarnieri, Ted Menzies for Bill Casey and Jean-Yves Roy for Francine Lalonde.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: James Lee, Analyst; Allison Goody, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: As individuals: Najiba Ayoobi, Manager, Radio Killid; Mihreya Mohammed Aziz, Camerawoman; Hooshang Riazi; A. John Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE Canada.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on September 25, 2006, the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan.
 

A. John Watson and Najiba Ayoobi made statements and answered questions.

 

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

At 5:21 p.m., the sitting resumed sitting in camera.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on May 10, 2006, the Committee resumed a study of Canada's role in complex international interventions that involve multiple foreign policy instruments focusing on Canada's efforts in Haiti.
 

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

 

At 5:49 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:50 p.m., the sitting resumed.

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

Peter Van Loan moved, — That the Committee, in regards to their study on democracy promotion should proceed as follows:

PART I – Framework of Democracy Promotion Section

1 - What does Canada do in democracy promotion? What does Canada NOT do in democracy promotion? [Minister of Foreign Affairs] [Minister of International Development] [CIDA]

Section 2 - Theoretical approaches to democracy promotion [Academic witnesses]

Section 3 - A political approach to democracy promotion, and involving politicians [Westminster Institute, National Endowment for Democracy, NDI and IRI Democracy Canada]

Section 4 - Comparative approaches to democracy promotion [Other countries – e.g. Nordics]

PART II – Country Examples

Section 5 - The Eager recipient (e.g. Baltics, Poland, etc.)

Section 6 - Democracy Challenged (e.g. Ukraine, Georgia)

Section 7 - Resistant States (e.g. Belarus, etc.)

Section 8 - Post–conflict states (e.g. Former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan)

Section 9 - Fragile States (e.g. Haiti, etc.) Subject matters above may be re-ordered according to availability of witnesses, however a minimum of one committee meeting per sitting week shall be dedicated to this study.

 

It was agreed, — That the Committee would discuss Mr. Van Loan's motion at a future date.

 

Bryon Wilfert moved, — That the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development begin a study of clause by clause on Bill C-293, An Act respecting the provision of development assistance abroad, at the scheduled meeting on November 28, 2006 .

Debate arose thereon.

 

Keith Martin moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing all the words after “That” with the words “the Committee hear from witnesses from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Finance on Tuesday November 28, 2006 on Bill C-293, An Act respecting the provision of development assistance abroad;

That the Committee commence and complete clause by clause on Bill C-293 Wednesday, November 29, 2006;

That the amendments of the government to Bill C-293, be submitted to the Clerk by Monday, November 27, 2006; and

That the government witnesses on Tuesday prepare written presentations which will be submitted to the Committee by Monday, November 27, 2006”.

Debate arose thereon.

 

On motion of Peter Van Loan, it was agreed, — That the amendment be amended by adding after the words “submitted to the Clerk by Monday, November 27, 2006” the following: “without prejudice to bringing further amendments”.

 

On motion of Alexa McDonough, it was agreed, — That the amendment be amended by replacing the words “commence and complete” with the words “proceed to ”.

 

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee hear from witnesses from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Finance on Tuesday November 28, 2006 on Bill C-293, An Act respecting the provision of development assistance abroad;

That the Committee proceed to clause by clause on Bill C-293 Wednesday, November 29, 2006;

That the amendments of the government to Bill C-293, be submitted to the Clerk by Monday, November 27, 2006, without prejudice to bringing further amendments; and

That the government witnesses on Tuesday prepare written presentations which will be submitted to the Committee by Monday, November 27, 2006”.

 

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

 

At 6:02 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Angela Crandall
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
2006/11/24 12:24 p.m.