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Meeting No. 17
Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans met at 9:07 a.m. this day, in Room 371, West Block, the Chair, Fabian Manning, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Mike Allen, Raynald Blais, Blaine Calkins, Randy Kamp, Gerald Keddy, Yvon Lévesque, Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Fabian Manning, Bill Matthews, Scott Simms and Peter Stoffer.


Acting Members present: David Tilson for Gerald Keddy.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: François Côté, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (International Trade): Gilles Gauthier, Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy, Trade Policy and Negotiations. Department of Finance: John O'Neill, Chief, Trade Rules, International Trade Policy Division. Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Gorazd Ruseski, Director, International Fisheries Policy.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on November 14, 2007, the Committee resumed its study of the World Trade Organization Negotiations on Fishing Subsidies.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 9:20 a.m., Bill Matthews took the Chair.


At 9:23 a.m., Fabian Manning took the Chair.


At 10:15 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:19 a.m., the sitting resumed in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Orders 110 and 111, Claire Dansereau be invited to appear before the Committee for two hours on March 13, 2008 in relation to her appointment as Associate Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.


It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee begin a study on the negotiations currently underway at the World Trade Organization regarding subsidies to the fishing industry, and;

That the Committee call the Minister of International Trade to appear with appropriate officials and, subsequently, the Minister of Finance with appropriate officials and, subsequently, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans with appropriate officials, and;

That the Committee report its finding and recommendations to the House.


At 11:03 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Julia Lockhart
Clerk of the Committee

2008/03/13 3:14 p.m.