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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 37
 
Monday, April 28, 2008
 

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration met at 3:29 p.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Norman Doyle, presiding.

 

Members of the Committee present: Colleen Beaumier, Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, Robert Carrier, Olivia Chow, Norman Doyle, Nina Grewal, Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Wajid Khan, Ed Komarnicki and Hon. Andrew Telegdi.

 

Acting Members present: Deepak Obhrai for Dave Batters, Bill Siksay for Olivia Chow and Robert Vincent for Thierry St-Cyr.

 

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

 

Witnesses: Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Mike Cabana, Chief Superintendent, Director General, Border Integrity, Federal and International Operations Directorate. Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada: François Guilbault, Senior General Counsel; Geoff Zerr, Director, Policy and procedures. Department of Citizenship and Immigration: Les Linklater, Director General, Immigration Branch; Brenna MacNeil, Director, Social Policy and Programs, Immigration Branch. Canada Revenue Agency: Denis Meunier, Director General, Enforcement and Disclosures Directorate, Compliance Programs Branch. Canada Border Services Agency: Steve Sloan, Director, Criminal Investigations Division, Enforcement Branch.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, the Committee resumed its study of Immigration Consultants.
 

Les Linklater, François Guilbault, Steve Sloan, Mike Cabana and Denis Meunier made statements and, with Brenna MacNeil and Geoff Zerr, answered questions.

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

Wajid Khan moved, — That, as promptly as possible, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration consider the subject matter of Part 6 of Bill C 50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, and convey its recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance no later than Friday, May 9, 2008, further to the Standing Committee on Finance’s request unanimously passed on April 16, 2008 and transmitted to this Committee on April 17, 2008.

 

Jim Karygiannis moved, — That the motion be amended by adding the word “preliminary” between the words “convey its” and the word “recommendations”, and by replacing the words “transmitted to this committee on April 17, 2008” with the words “and, should further study be done, the committee undertake to do so”.

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Jim Karygiannis and it was negatived.

 

Bill Siksay moved, — That the motion be amended by adding in line 5 between the words “convey its” and the word “recommendations”, the following: “preliminary”; and by replacing, in line 6, the date “May 9”, the following: “May 16”.

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Bill Siksay and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Colleen Beaumier, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Robert Carrier, Jim Karygiannis, Bill Siksay, Andrew Telegdi, Robert Vincent — 7; NAYS: Nina Grewal, Wajid Khan, Ed Komarnicki, Deepak Obhrai — 4.

 

Olivia Chow moved, — That the motion be amended by adding at the end, “and that the Committee meet jointly at its first opportunity with the Standing Committee on Finance to consider the subject matter of Part 6 of Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, and that the chairmanship of the joint proceedings alternate between the respective chairs of the two standing committees;

That the joint proceedings occur and hear witnesses across Canada, commencing at the scheduled meeting immediately following the adoption of this motion.

That the Committee table a copy of the evidence;

That pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the government table a comprehensive response to the report;

and That these meetings be televised” .

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Olivia Chow and it was negatived on the following recorded division: YEAS: Olivia Chow — 1; NAYS: Colleen Beaumier, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Robert Carrier, Nina Grewal, Jim Karygiannis, Wajid Khan, Ed Komarnicki, Deepak Obhrai, Andrew Telegdi, Robert Vincent — 10.

 

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to on the following recorded division: YEAS: Colleen Beaumier, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Robert Carrier, Olivia Chow, Jim Karygiannis, Andrew Telegdi, Robert Vincent — 7; NAYS: Nina Grewal, Wajid Khan, Ed Komarnicki, Deepak Obhrai — 4.

 

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, as promptly as possible, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration consider the subject matter of Part 6 of Bill C-50, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2008 and to enact provisions to preserve the fiscal plan set out in that budget, and convey its preliminary recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance no later than Friday, May 16, 2008, further to the Standing Committee on Finance’s request unanimously passed on April 16, 2008 and transmitted to this committee on April 17, 2008.

 

At 5:36 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Andrew Bartholomew Chaplin
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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