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Meeting No. 4
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 237-C, Centre Block, the Chair, Rob Merrifield, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Paul Crête, Dean Del Mastro, Rick Dykstra, Hon. John McCallum, Hon. John McKay, Ted Menzies, Rob Merrifield, Massimo Pacetti, Thierry St-Cyr, Hon. Garth Turner and Mike Wallace.


Acting Members present: Peggy Nash for Thomas J. Mulcair.


In attendance: House of Commons: Catherine Cuerrier, Committee Clerk. Library of Parliament: June Dewetering, Principal Analyst; Alexandre Laurin, Analyst.


Witnesses: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: Mario Seccareccia, Full Professor, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa. Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer. Canadian Federation of Independent Business: Ted Mallett, Director of Research. Centrale des syndicats démocratiques: Claude Faucher, Vice-President. Centre for Spatial Economics: Robert Fairholm, Director , Economic Forescasting Services. Confédération des syndicats nationaux: Pierre Patry, Treasurer. C.D. Howe Institute: Finn Poschmann, Director of Research. Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec: Pierre Laliberté, Political Advisor, Manufacturing Sector. Option consommateurs: Michel Arnold, Executive Director. Retail Council of Canada: Diane J. Brisebois, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83.1, the Committee resumed its Pre-Budget Consultations 2007 - Impact of the appreciation in the relative value of the Canadian dollar.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 4:29 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 4:33 p.m., the sitting resumed.


The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


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


Elizabeth B. Kingston
Clerk of the Committee

2008/02/06 11:15 a.m.