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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
 
Meeting No. 18
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
 

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met at 3:35 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, Gerard Kennedy, Mario Laframboise, Colin Mayes, Merv C. Tweed and Hon. Joseph Volpe.

 

Acting Members present: Ron Cannan for Jeff Watson and Roger Pomerleau for Roger Gaudet.

 

In attendance: Library of Parliament: John Christopher, Analyst; Allison Padova, Analyst.

 

Witnesses: Department of Transport: Helena Borges, Director General, Surface Transportation Policy; Kevin Lawless, Senior Strategic Policy and Special Project Officer, Surface Transportation Policy.

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

On motion of Joseph Volpe, it was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $7,000 for the Committee’s study on high speed rail in Canada be adopted.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday April 2, 2009, the Committee commenced its study of high speed rail in Canada.
 

Helena Borges made a statement and, with Kevin Lawless, answered questions.

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

By unanimous consent, Brian Jean moved, — That, given complaints voiced by air travelers, the motions and Private Member's Business from parties, and the recent actions taken by some airlines, the Committee conduct a detailed study to compare the potential economic and consumer impacts of these measures with international norms and practices; and evaluate these options with respect to service levels and protection for consumers, the practical impact on air service providers and on Canadian jobs and competitiveness.

Debate arose thereon.

 

Joseph Volpe moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing all the words after “travelers” with the words “the motion passed in the House unanimously, Bill C-310, An Act to Provide Certain Rights to Air Passengers, and the recent actions taken by some airlines, the Committee include, as part of its study on Bill C-310, a comparison of the potential economic and consumer impacts of these measures with international norms and practices; and evaluate these impacts with respect to service levels, protection for consumers, air service providers and on Canadian jobs and competitiveness”.

Debate arose thereon.

 

After debate, the question was put on the amendment of Joseph Volpe and it was agreed to.

 

The motion, as amended, read as follows:

That, given complaints voiced by air travelers, the motion passed in the House unanimously, Bill C-310, An Act to Provide Certain Rights to Air Passengers, and the recent actions taken by some airlines, the Committee include, as part of its study on Bill C-310, a comparison of the potential economic and consumer impacts of these measures with international norms and practices; and evaluate these impacts with respect to service levels, protection for consumers, air service providers and on Canadian jobs and competitiveness.

 
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday April 2, 2009, the Committee resumed its study of high speed rail in Canada.
 

At 5:29 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

 



Maxime Ricard
Clerk of the Committee

 
 
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