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Meeting No. 16
Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met in camera at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 209, West Block, the Chair, Gary Schellenberger, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Hon. Jim Abbott, Dave Batters, Hon. Mauril Bélanger, Hon. Michael D. Chong, Ed Fast, Hon. Hedy Fry, Luc Malo, Francis Scarpaleggia, Gary Schellenberger, Hon. Andy Scott and Bill Siksay.


Acting Members present: Claude DeBellefeuille for Maria Mourani.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Marion Ménard, Analyst; Lara Trehearne, Analyst.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on November 15, 2007, the Committee resumed its study on the Role of a Public Broadcaster in the 21st Century.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.


It was agreed, — That the Committee append to its report dissenting or supplementary opinions provided that they are no more than 10 pages in length in single spaces and submitted electronically to the Clerk of the Committee in both official languages, no later than 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 21, 2008.


At 4:32 p.m., the sitting was suspended.


At 4:36 p.m., the Committee resumed sitting in public.

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

Hedy Fry moved, — That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recommend that the Government Bill entitled “An Act to amend the Copyright Act” for which notice was given on December 7 2007, once introduced and read a first time, be referred to a Special Joint Committee, made up of members or associate members of the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, before second reading.


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


On motion of Mauril Bélanger, it was agreed, — That the motion be reported to the House.


Jim Abbott moved, — That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage examines Canada’s policy on half-masting of the Canadian flag in relation to provincial, territorial, and international practices.


On motion of Mauril Bélanger, it was agreed, — That consideration of this motion be postponed until a later date.


On motion of Jim Abbott, it was agreed, — That the Chair present a report to the House requesting an extension of thirty sitting days, to consider Bill C-327, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act (reduction of violence in television broadcasts.


At 4:52 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Catherine Cuerrier, Jacques Lahaie
Clerks of the Committee

2008/03/11 10:18 a.m.