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Meeting No. 58
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Standing Committee on Finance met at 3:33 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the Chair, James Rajotte, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Pat Martin for Thomas J. Mulcair, Jean-Yves Roy for Robert Carrier and Bruce Stanton for Mike Wallace.


Associate Members present: Harold Albrecht and Martha Hall Findlay.


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


Witnesses: Heritage Canada Foundation: Natalie Bull, Executive Director. Volunteer Canada: Ruth MacKenzie, President. Canadian Association of Social Workers: Ray Pekrul, Board Member. Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association: Bernard Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer; Jim Patrick, Vice-President, Government Affairs. Canadian Urban Transit Association: Michael Roschlau, President and Chief Executive Officer. Sustainable Development Technology Canada: Sailesh Thaker, Vice-President, Industry and Stakeholder Relations. Insurance Brokers Association of Canada: Steve Masnyk, Manager, Public Affairs. Canadian Community Economic Development Network: Michael Toye, Executive Director. Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science: Moira Grant, Director of Research. Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences: Marlon Lewis, Member of the Board of Trustees; Dawn Conway, Executive Director. British Columbia Treaty Commission: Sophie Pierre, Chief Commissioner; Jerry Lampert, Commissioner. Health Action Lobby (HEAL): Pamela Fralick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Healthcare Association; Karen Cohen, Executive Director, Canadian Psychological Association. Communitech: Iain Klugman, Chief Executive Officer and President; Avonwy Peters, Executive Director, Communications and Government Relations. Make Poverty History: Dennis Howlett, National Coordinator. Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada: Denise Doherty-Delorme, Section Head, Compensation and Policy Research.

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

Natalie Bull, Ruth MacKenzie, Ray Pekrul, Bernard Lord, Michael Roschlau, Sailesh Thaker, Steve Masnyk and Michael Toye made statements and answered questions.


At 4:59 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:02 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Moira Grant, Marlon Lewis and Sophie Pierre made statements.


At 5:21 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 6:02 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Karen Cohen, Iain Klugman, Dennis Howlett and Denise Doherty-Delorme made statements and, with Moira Grant, Marlon Lewis, Sophie Pierre and Pamela Fralick, answered questions.


On motion of Mike Wallace, it was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motion adopted by the Committee on February 3, 2009, a maximum of 10 minutes be allowed each party for the questioning of witnesses following their presentations.


At 7:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Jean-François Pagé
Clerk of the Committee

2009/12/16 2:49 p.m.