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Meeting No. 44
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities met by videoconference at 11:01 a.m. this day, in Room C-110, 1 Wellington Street, the Chair, Candice Hoeppner, presiding.


Members of the Committee present: Josée Beaudin, Kelly Block, Hon. Rick Casson, Raymonde Folco, Candice Hoeppner, Ed Komarnicki, Yves Lessard, Tony Martin, Hon. Maria Minna, Michael John Savage, Maurice Vellacott and Jeff Watson.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Sandra Gruescu, Analyst. House of Commons: Monique Hamilton, Procedural Clerk. Library of Parliament: André Léonard, Analyst.


Witnesses: As an individual: Seamus Cox, Lawyer, New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. Canadian Association of Retired Persons: Susan Eng, Vice-President, Advocacy; Michael Nicin, Government Relations and Policy Development Officer. Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, Director, Parliamentary Relations. Air Canada Pilots Association: Paul Strachan, President; Bill Petrie, Executive Director. Department of National Defence: Karol Wenek, Director General Military Personnel; John Madower, Assistant Chief of Military Personnel. As an individual: David MacGregor, Professor, Department of Sociology, King's University College at the University of Western Ontario.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Monday, December 6, 2010, the Committee resumed consideration of Bill C-481, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canada Labour Code (mandatory retirement age).

Susan Eng, Susanna Cluff-Clyburne and Seamus Cox made statements and answered questions.


At 11:41 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 11:45 a.m., the sitting resumed.


Paul Strachan, BGen John Madower and David MacGregor, by videoconference from London, Ontario, made statements and, with Bill Petrie and Karol Wenek, answered questions.


At 12:30 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 12:37 p.m., the sitting resumed.


Ed Komarnicki moved, — That the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-481 be tabled.

Debate arose thereon.


Raymonde Folco moved, — That the motion be amended by adding after the word “tabled” the following: “and resumed Thursday, March 3, 2011”.

Debate arose thereon.

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

At 1:00 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Travis Ladouceur
Clerk of the Committee

2011/02/16 2:38 p.m.