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Meeting No. 11
Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met at 9:05 a.m. this day, in Room 213, Wellington Building, the Chair, James Bezan, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: James Bezan, Bernard Bigras, Peter Braid, Blaine Calkins, Linda Duncan, Christian Ouellet, Francis Scarpaleggia, Justin Trudeau, Mark Warawa, Jeff Watson and Stephen Woodworth.


Associate Members present: Bruce Hyer.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Penny Becklumb, Analyst; Tim Williams, Analyst.


Witnesses: Department of the Environment: Cynthia Wright, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Stewardship Branch; Albin Tremblay, Chief Enforcement Officer; Sarah Cosgrove, Manager, Legislative Advice Section. Department of Justice: Linda Tingley, Senior Counsel. Parks Canada Agency: Darlene Pearson, Director, Legislation and Policy.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, March 25, 2009, the Committee commenced consideration of Bill C-16, An Act to amend certain Acts that relate to the environment and to enact provisions respecting the enforcement of certain Acts that relate to the environment.

Cynthia Wright made a statement and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.

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

On motion of Mark Warawa, it was agreed, — That the Committee approve the travel budget for the amount of $92,038 for twelve members and the necessary staff to travel to Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Edmonton and Calgary (Alberta) from May 10 to May 13, 2009 to hold hearings and conduct site visits on the Committee’s study of Oil Sands and Canada’s Water Resources; and that the members use their travel points to go to Edmonton and return from Calgary.


At 10:52 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Normand Radford
Clerk of the Committee

2009/04/02 4:28 p.m.