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Meeting No. 18
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development met at 9:03 a.m. this day, in Room 214, Wellington Building, the Vice-Chair, Francis Scarpaleggia, presiding.


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


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Tim Williams, Analyst; Penny Becklumb, Analyst. House of Commons: Wayne Cole, Legislative Clerk.


Witnesses: Department of the Environment: Renée Caron, Executive Director, Legislative Governance; Sarah Cosgrove, Manager, Legislative Advice Section. Department of Justice: Raymond MacCallum, Senior Counsel, Human Rights Law Section; Linda Tingley, Senior Counsel.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, March 25, 2009, the Committee resumed 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.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.


At 9:14 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:15 a.m., the sitting resumed.


The Committee commenced its clause-by-clause study of the Bill.


Pursuant to Standing Order 75(1), consideration of Clause 1 is postponed.

The Chair called Clause 2.


Clause 2 carried.


Clause 3 carried.


Clause 4 carried.


Clause 5 carried.


Clause 6 carried.


Clause 7 carried.


Clause 8 carried.


Clause 9 carried.


Clause 10 carried.


Clause 11 carried.


On Clause 12,

Bernard Bigras moved, — That Bill C-16, in Clause 12, be amended by replacing lines 5 and 6 on page 19 with the following:



After debate, it was agreed that the amendment be withdrawn.


Clause 12 carried.


Clause 13 carried.


Clause 14 carried.


Clause 15 carried.


Clause 16 carried.


On Clause 17,

Mark Warawa moved, — That Bill C-16, in Clause 17, be amended by replacing lines 32 to 35 on page 23 with the following:

(5.1) Paragraph 66(1)(m) of the English version of the Act is replaced by the following:

(m) directing the offender to pay, in the manner prescribed by the court, an amount to an educational institution for scholarships for students enrolled in studies related to the environment;

(6) Subsection 66(1)(n) of the Act is replaced by the following:


After debate, it was agreed that the amendment and the clause be allowed to stand.


The Committee proceeded to sit in camera.

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

It was agreed, — That no motion be moved while the Committee travels.


It was agreed, — That the Committee approve the purchase of hospitality gifts of $100.00 for the purpose of the trip to Alberta.


At 11:06 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Normand Radford
Clerk of the Committee

2009/05/12 3:50 p.m.