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Meeting No. 41
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 3:47 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, James Rajotte, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Bob Dechert, Daryl Kramp, Jean-Yves Laforest, Hon. John McCallum, Hon. John McKay, Thomas J. Mulcair, Massimo Pacetti, James Rajotte and Mike Wallace.


Acting Members present: Kelly Block for Hon. Maxime Bernier, Ron Cannan for Ted Menzies, Martha Hall Findlay for Hon. John McCallum, Pat Martin for Thomas J. Mulcair and Jean-Yves Roy for Robert Carrier.


In attendance: House of Commons: Travis Ladouceur, Committee Clerk. Library of Parliament: Mark Mahabir, Analyst.


Witnesses: Canadian Co-operative Association: John Anderson, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy; John Julian, Director, International Communication and Policy. Canadian Union of Public Employees: Toby Sanger, Senior Economist. Canadian Olympic Committee: Christopher Rudge, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General, Toronto Office; Thérèse Brisson, Director, Toronto Office. Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance: Peter Valiquet, Treasurer. Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D): Russell Williams, President; Debbie Murray, Director, Policy Development. Partnership Group for Science and Engineering: Rees Kassen, Chair; Denis A. St-Onge, Past Chair. Canadian Alliance of Student Associations: Arati Sharma, National Director; Spencer Keys, Policy and Research Officer. Canadian Healthcare Association: Pamela Fralick, President and Chief Executive Officer; Denise Desautels, Director, Policy and Communications. Canadian Teachers' Federation: Mary-Lou Donnelly, President; John Staple, Deputy Secretary General. Canadian Energy Pipeline Association: Brenda Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer. Directors Guild of Canada: Brian Anthony, National Execuive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Grain Growers of Canada: Richard Phillips, Executive Director; Sheri Strydhorst, Executive Director.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83.1, the Committee resumed its pre-budget consultations 2009.

John Anderson, Toby Sanger, Thérèse Brisson, Peter Valiquet, Russell Williams and Rees Kassen made statements and, with John Julian, Christopher Rudge, Debbie Murray and Denis A. St-Onge, answered questions.


At 5:03 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:09 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Arati Sharma, Spencer Keys, Pamela Fralick, Mary-Lou Donnelly, Brenda Kenny, Brian Anthony, Richard Philips and Sheri Strydhorst made statements and, with Denise Desautels and John Staple, answered questions.


At 6:31 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

2009/09/18 10:11 a.m.