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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 41
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
 

The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 3:32 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, Jean-Yves Laforest, Hon. John McCallum, Hon. John McKay, Ted Menzies, Rob Merrifield, Massimo Pacetti, Hon. Garth Turner and Mike Wallace.

 

Acting Members present: Olivia Chow for Thomas J. Mulcair.

 

Associate Members present: Martha Hall Findlay.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: June Dewetering, Principal Analyst; Alexandre Laurin, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Canadian Federation of Students: Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson; Ian Boyko, Government Relations Coordinator. Conseil national des chômeurs et chômeuses: Pierre Céré, Spokeperson. Gairdner Foundation: John Dirks, President; Sheila Robinson, Manager, External Relations. Canadian Labour Congress: Andrew Jackson, National Director, Social and Economic Policy. Status Now - Campaign in Defense of Undocumented Immigrants: Sima Sahar Zerehi, Coordinator. Canadian Council of Chief Executives: David Stewart-Patterson, Executive Vice-President. Chinese Canadian National Council: Victor Wong, Executive Director.

 
Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Thursday, April 10, 2008, the Committee resumed consideration 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.
 

David Stewart-Patterson made a statement statement and answered questions.

 

Victor Wong made a statement and answered questions.

 

Pierre Céré made a statement and answered questions.

 

John Dirks made a statement and answered questions.

 

Sima Sahar Zerehi made a statement and answered questions.

 

Amanda Aziz made a statement and answered questions.

 

Andrew Jackson made a statement and answered questions.

 

At 5:08 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:11 p.m., the sitting resumed.

 

Massimo Pacetti moved, — That the Committee wait for the findings of the study of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration in its report to be tabled no later than May 26, 2008, and that the clause-by-clause study of Bill C-50 be completed on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, and that this be reported to the House at the first opportunity.

 

Olivia Chow moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words after “That” with the words “pursuant to standing order 108 (1)(a), that the Committee meet jointly at its first opportunity with the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration 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 ”.

 

The question was put on the amendment of Olivia Chow and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 1; NAYS: 10.

 

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 10; NAYS: 1.

 

At 5:16 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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