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Meeting No. 11
Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met at 3:31 p.m. this day, in Room 209, West Block, the Chair, Merv C. Tweed, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Dennis Bevington, Lois Brown, Sukh Dhaliwal, Candice Hoeppner, Brian Jean, Mario Laframboise, Colin Mayes, Merv C. Tweed, Hon. Joseph Volpe and Jeff Watson.


Acting Members present: Hon. Larry Bagnell for Gerard Kennedy, Bernard Bigras for Roger Gaudet and Kelly Block for Candice Hoeppner.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Analyst; Allison Padova, Analyst. House of Commons: Wayne Cole, Legislative Clerk.


Witnesses: Department of the Environment: Robert Allin, Director, Strategic Policy, Planning and Coordination, Enforcement Branch; Linda Porebski, Chief, Marine Protection Programs Section; Michael Wilson, Executive Director, Environmental Assessment and Marine Program. Department of Fisheries and Oceans: Jamie Caceres, Acting Director General, Maritime Services, Canadian Coast Guard; Michel Desparois, National Manager, Marine Communications and Traffic Services, Canadian Coast Guard; Larry Trigatti, Superintendent, Environmental Response, Canadian Coast Guard; René Grenier, Deputy Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard. Department of National Defence: Casper Donovan, Director, Maritime Strategy. Department of Transport: Lysane Durand, Legal Counsel, Legal Services; Victor M. Santos-Pedro, Director, Design, Equipment and Boating Safety.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 25, 2009, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.

Michael Wilson and Robert Allin made statements and, with the other witnesses, answered questions.


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


The Chair called Clause 1.


Clause 1 carried.


Clause 2 carried.


The Title carried.


The Bill carried.


ORDERED, — That the Chair report the Bill, to the House.

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

It was agreed, — That the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities be invited to appear along with the appropriate officials on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, for the Committee’s examination of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Marine Liability Act and the Federal Courts Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.


It was agreed, — That the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities be invited to appear along with the appropriate officials on Thursday, April 23, 2009, for the Committee’s examination of the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.


It was agreed, — That the Committee hear witnesses for its examination of Bill C-7 on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 as well as on Thursday, April 30, 2009.


It was agreed, — That the Committee undertake a study on high speed rail in Canada, including a review of the past and current studies as well as the available technologies, and that the Committee hear witnesses on these issues at its meetings of Tuesday, May 5, 2009 and Thursday, May 7, 2009, or once the examination of Bill C-7 will be completed.


At 5:01 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Maxime Ricard
Clerk of the Committee

2009/06/15 3:52 p.m.