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Meeting No. 30
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met at 11:07 a.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, Mervin C. Tweed, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Serge Cardin for Mario Laframboise and Sukh Dhaliwal for Martha Hall Findlay.


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


Witnesses: Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Ginny Flood, National Director, Environmental Assessments and Major Projects, Oceans and Habitat Sector. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency: Yves Leboeuf, Vice-President, Policy Development. Department of Transport: William J. Nash, Director General, Marine Safety; David Osbaldeston, Manager, Navigable Waters Protection Program. Infrastructure Canada: Shirley Anne Scharf, Director General, Issues Management Directorate, Program Operations Branch; Keith Grady, Senior Advisor, Environment Review and Approvals, Issues Management Directorate, Program Operations Branch.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on January 29, 2008, the Committee resumed its study of the current status of navigation protection of the Canadian waterways including their governance and use and the operation of the current Navigable Waters Protection Act.

The witnesses answered questions.

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

It was agreed, — That the Chair send a letter to the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities in order to obtain information on the status, including the extent, of consultations that have taken place to date with respect to sections 27 and 64 of Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.


At 12:44 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Maxime Ricard
Clerk of the Committee

2008-09-29 9:29 a.m.