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Meeting No. 27
Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met by videoconference at 3:35 p.m. this day, in Room 308, West Block, the Chair, Merv C. Tweed, presiding.


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


Acting Members present: Hon. Bob Rae for Gerard Kennedy.


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


Witnesses: Conference Board of Canada: Mario Iacobacci, Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Policy. Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink): Robert Paddon, Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs.

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.

The witnesses made statements and answered questions.

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

Joseph Volpe moved, — That, given that over the course of the last week, the integrity of the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada’s international reputation have been damaged by inconsistent and contradictory information by the Royal Canadian Mint, the Chairman of the Royal Canadian Mint, and the Minister of State regarding the apparent loss of a significant amount of gold, silver, platinum and palladium, be it resolved that the Minister of State, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Canadian Mint and the President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint appear before the Committee at the earliest opportunity to clarify the state of the investigation and the directions going forward.



The Chair ruled the proposed motion inadmissible as it contains an argumentative preamble.


At 4:36, the sitting was suspended.

At 4:37, the sitting resumed in camera.


It was agreed, — That in relation to its study on high speed rail in Canada, the Committee travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City in September 2009 in order to meet with various stakeholders, representatives from the House of Representatives and officials from Amtrak in order to better understand the new American high speed rail policy and to learn about the higher speed rail service in place between Washington, D.C. and Boston.


It was agreed, — That the proposed budget in the amount of $60,088 for travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City in September 2009 be adopted and that the Chair present this budget request to the Subcommittee on Committee Budgets of the Liaison Committee.


It was agreed, — That the Committee defray the hospitality expenses related to working meals to be held during its travel to Washington, D.C. and New York City.


At 4:59 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Maxime Ricard
Clerk of the Committee

2009/07/07 1:39 p.m.