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Meeting No. 17
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration met at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, Norman Doyle, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Robert Carrier, Olivia Chow, Norman Doyle, Nina Grewal, Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Wajid Khan, Ed Komarnicki, Thierry St-Cyr and Hon. Andrew Telegdi.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Penny Becklumb, Analyst; Sandra Elgersma, Analyst.


Witnesses: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: Dominique Setton-Lemar, Member; Berto Volpentesta, Member; Krista Daley, Director General, Operations; Benjamin Dolin, Member.


Participants present: As an individual: Hon. Nasir Hagi Ali, Member, Somaliland Parliament.

Pursuant to Standing Orders 110 and 111, the Committee commenced consideration of the Order in Council appointments of Berto Volpentesta and Dominique Setton-Lemar which were referred to the Committee on Thursday, February 14, 2008.

Dominique Setton-Lemar and Berto Volpentesta made statements and, with Krista Daley, answered questions.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, the Committee commenced its follow-up of recommendations of members of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in a previous Parliament for an appointment to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Ben Dolin made a statement and answered questions.

By unanimous consent, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee met with a member of the Somaliland Parliament.

Nasir Hagi Ali made a statement.


At 5:14 p.m., the Committee proceeded to sit in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That the periods for travel on the three travel budgets adopted March 5, 2008, be amended to read, "Spring, 2008" and that, notwithstanding the motions adopted March 5, 2008, the Chair, after consulting the Vice-Chairs and the representative of the third opposition party, be authorized to plan and to finalize the budgets and itineraries for the Committee's travel in the spring of 2008, and to present, as required, the said budgets to the Subcommittee on Budgets of the Liaison Committee; that the required staff accompany the Committee when it travels from place to place inside Canada; and that the Chair be authorized to seek an Order of Reference from the House of Commons for the Committee's travel.


At 5:25 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin
Clerk of the Committee

2008/04/25 8:38 a.m.