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Meeting No. 20
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met at 11:13 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Mervin Tweed, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Don H. Bell, Ed Fast, Brian Jean, Mario Laframboise, John Maloney, Brian Masse, Mervin Tweed, Hon. Joseph Volpe, Jeff Watson and Paul Zed.


Acting Members present: Dean Allison for Bev Shipley and André Bellavance for Robert Carrier.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Analyst.


Witnesses: United Transportation Union: Robert McDiarmid, Chair, British Columbia Legislative Board; Garth Bates, Vice-President and Legislative Director. Teamsters Canada: Mike Wheten, National Legislative Director, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Local Engineers; William Brehl, President, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference - Maintenance of Way Employees Division. United Steelworkers: Todd Cotie, Coordinator, Health and Safety, Local 2004. National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada: Jim Wilson, Coordinator, National Health and Safety. National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation & General Workers of Canada: John Burns, Vice-President and Coordinator, National Health and Safety.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on November 22, 2007, the Committee resumed its study on rail safety in Canada.

Jim Wilson, Mike Wheten, William Brehl, Todd Cotie and Robert McDiarmid made a statement and, with Garth Bates, answered questions.

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

Joseph Volpe moved, — That, given the recent adoption by the House of Commons of Motion 183 introduced by Ken Boshcoff, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities undertake a study on the support to Canadian content levels in public transit projects by looking at the support to domestic labour market and suppliers, with particular emphasis on the way public funds are used to provide the best value for Canadians while respecting Canada’s international and internal trade obligations where applicable and respecting provincial and territorial jurisdiction, and that the Committee report its findings to the House of Commons.

Debate arose thereon.


After debate, the question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 5; NAYS: 4.


At 1:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Maxime Ricard
Clerk of the Committee

2008/04/08 2:51 p.m.