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Meeting No. 54
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met in camera at 9:03 a.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Kevin Sorenson, presiding.


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


Associate Members present: Johanne Deschamps.


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


Witnesses: Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.): Seema Patel, Lead Project Consultant, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project; Steven Ross, Research Consultant, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project.

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.

Ms. Patel made a statement and answered questions.


At 10:08 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:11 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on May 10, 2006, the Committee resumed its study on Democratic Development.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.


At 10:50 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:51 a.m., the sitting resumed in public.

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

Bernard Patry moved, — That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development asks that the Department of National Defence provide a fulsome monthly table of the number of prisoners captured during our mission to date, how many have been handed over to Afghan authorities, and any records, if available, of their present status. This reporting is to coincide with the appearance of the Canadian officials and diplomats who wrote the report entitled Afghanistan 2006: Good Governance, Democratic Development and Human Rights before the Standing Committee..

Debate arose thereon.


It was agreed, — That debate on the motion be suspended until the next meeting.


At 11:00 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Angela Crandall
Clerk of the Committee

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