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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 49
 
Thursday, October 8, 2009
 

The Standing Committee on Finance met in a televised session at 9:01 a.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, James Rajotte, presiding.

 

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

 

Acting Members present: Sukh Dhaliwal for Hon. John McKay, Hon. Mark Eyking for Hon. John McKay, Meili Faille for Robert Carrier, Martha Hall Findlay for Hon. John McKay, Jean-Yves Roy for Robert Carrier and Bev Shipley for Daryl Kramp.

 

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

 

Witnesses: Canadian Wind Energy Association: Jean-François Nolet, Québec and Atlantic Canada Policy Manager. Imagine Canada: Marcel Lauzière, President and Chief Executive Officer. Certified Management Accountants of Canada: Richard Monk, Past Chair. Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations: Glenn Brimacombe, President and Chief Executive Officer; Jack Kitts, Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Hospital. Engineers Canada: Chantal Guay, Chief Executive Officer. Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada: Paul Davidson, President; André Dulude, Vice-President, National Affairs. Independent Media Arts Alliance: Jennifer Dorner, National Director. Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité: Brigitte Gagné, Executive Director; Jacques Lucas, Lead Director of Financial Services, La Coop fédérée. Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions: Pauline Worsfold, Secretary-Treasurer; Pam Foster, Communications Specialist, Government Relations. Canadian Meat Council: James M. Laws, Executive Director. Community Radios of Canada: François Côté, Executive Director, Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada; Kevin Matthews, Executive Director, Broadcasting, National Campus and Community Radio Association. Canadian Council on Social Development: Peggy Taillon, President; Katherine Scott, Vice-President, Research. YWCA Canada: Ann Decter, Director, Advocacy and Public Policy. Canadian Association of University Teachers: James L. Turk, Executive Director. Foster Care Council of Canada: John Dunn, Executive Director. Canadian Dental Hygienists Association: Wanda Fedora, President.

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

Jean-François Nolet, Marcel Lauzière, Richard Monk, Jack Kitts, Chantal Guay, Paul Davidson, Jennifer Dorner, Brigitte Gagné and Jacques Lucas made statements and, with Glenn Brimacombe, answered questions.

 

At 10:33 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 10:37 a.m., the sitting resumed.

 

Pauline Worsfold made a statement.

 

At 10:40 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:28 a.m., the sitting resumed.

 

Pauline Worsfold, James M. Laws, François Coté, Kevin Matthews, Peggy Taillon, Katherine Scott, Ann Decter, James Turk, John Dunn and Wanda Fedora made statements and answered questions.

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

Thomas J. Mulcair moved, — That the Committee hold meetings to hear witnesses and further study the issue of pensions and how to protect the retirement income of Canadians.

 

Ted Menzies moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words after the word “study” with the words “how to protect the retirement income of Canadians. These meetings should take place as Committee business allows, only after Members have had sufficient time to study the findings of the Research Working Group On Retirement Income Adequacy, that will be presented at the meeting of Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers of Finance to take place in Whitehorse on December 17 of this year”.

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Ted Menzies and it was agreed to.

 

After debate, the question was put on the motion, as amended, and it was agreed to.

 

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That the Committee hold meetings to hear witnesses and further study how to protect the retirement income of Canadians. These meetings should take place as Committee business allows, only after Members have had sufficient time to study the findings of the Research Working Group On Retirement Income Adequacy, that will be presented at the meeting of Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers of Finance to take place in Whitehorse on December 17 of this year.

 

It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $ 76 345, for the Committee’s travel to Regina, Saskatchewan; Weyburn Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Mnitoba; and Toronto Ontario for the study on pre-budget consultations 2009, be adopted and that the Chair present the said budget to the Budget Subcommittee of the Liaison Committee.

 

At 12:57 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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