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Meeting No. 51
Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met by videoconference at 9:01 a.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, Kevin Sorenson, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Bill Casey, Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, Hon. Mark Eyking, Peter Goldring, Wajid Khan, Francine Lalonde, Alexa McDonough, Bernard Patry, Kevin Sorenson and Hon. Bryon Wilfert.


Acting Members present: Ken Boshcoff for Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh, Caroline St-Hilaire for Vivian Barbot and Borys Wrzesnewskyj for Hon. Bryon Wilfert.


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


Witnesses: North-South Institute: Roy Culpeper, President. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives: John R. Dillon, Program Coordinator, Global Economic Justice. Peace Dividend Trust: Scott Gilmore, Executive Director. Bonn International Center for conversion (BICC): Mark Sedra, Research Associate.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on February 21, 2007, the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the government's annual report on Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act 2005.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 10:01 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:03 a.m., the sitting resumed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on February 1, 2007, the Committee proceeded to a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 11:00 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:07 a.m., the sitting resumed in Room 307, West Block.

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

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

1. It was agreed, —That if the Committee has received the Subcommittee's report on China, it will study the report on May 10, 2007.

2. It was agreed, —That the Committee host a lunch at the Parliamentary Restaurant for a parliamentary delegation from the Czech Republic at a convenient time during the delegation's visit from May 28 to June 3, 2007.

3. It was agreed, —That the Committee meet on May 1st, to discuss Part I of the draft report on Democratic Development.

4. It was agreed, —That the Committee request information concerning the rules on the video recording of committee meetings by the press and what constitutes “reasonable notice”.


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


Francine Lalonde moved, — That the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, first and foremost, urgently address the issue of the fate of Afghani prisoners captured by Canadian soldiers and turned over to the Afghani authorities, and to that end invite the Canadian officials and diplomats who wrote the report entitled Afghanistan 2006: Good Governance, Democratic Development and Human Rights to appear before the Committee at the earliest possible time to present the report, and, secondly, that the Committee request access to the full and uncensored version of that specific report .

Debate arose thereon.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 7; NAYS: 3.


At 11:26 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Angela Crandall
Clerk of the Committee

2007/04/27 1:28 p.m.